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Granby board still looking at adding new position, granting merit raises

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

Town of Granby officials are still considering allocating funds to the chamber to hire a part-time assistant who would focus energies on economic development. Some trustees agreed with a citizen comment that the position could help in promoting the discussed SolVista bike event on behalf of the town.

The part-time position pay would be budgeted at $25,600, but citizens and trustees have expressed opposition to taking that money out of the downtown improvement fund generated from development.

Town trustees also have yet to make a budget decision about a possible 3 percent merit pay raise for town employees. The 3 percent raise would serve as a boost in compensation to those employees who earn positive reviews, but it has not yet been decided whether the pay would come in the form of a one-time bonus or would be attached to base salaries.

If every employee were to receive the proposed merit pay, it would cost the town at total of $40,181 in 2011. The pay would be similar to what a “stimulus” payment of $1,700 per employee cost the town in the 2009 budget.

Citizen Tom Pierro, who is the mayor’s husband, pointed out to trustees at the Nov. 23 town meeting that town officials should better convey to town employees that the “stimulus” they received, plus the town insurance share of $2,000 per employee put into health savings accounts three consecutive years, should be deemed as “merit.”

Chair of town administration Trustee Shaw urged town trustees to consider the work Granby employees do compared to employees of other towns. Town Manager Wally Baird also pointed out the low ratio of Granby town employees to the town’s population of 2,000-plus residents, compared to the ratios of other towns. To help trustees weigh their decision on the merit pay, town staff provided them with documents outlining what other towns in the county do for employee compensation.

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Final decisions on the 2011 budget are scheduled for the Tuesday, Dec. 14 town board meeting.

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