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Library Board Grants Staff Wage Hikes



The Archbold Community Library Board voted to approve salary hikes for the library staff at its Wednesday, Dec. 13 meeting.

Prior to the meeting, a finance committee meeting was held. Late in the regular meeting, the board voted to meet in executive session to discuss personnel matters.

When board members returned seven minutes later, they approved a 4% wage hike for salaried employees and a $1 per hour increase for hourly workers.

The increase begins with the first pay period ending in 2018.

The increase for salaried employees excludes Sonya Huser, new library director who started in November.

Insurance

After a lengthy presentation from Mike Kurivial of First Insurance Group, the board chose to change its health insurance carrier from Anthem to Medical Mutual for 2018.

Renewing the Anthem plan was more expensive than switching.

The options elected by the board feature a $4,000 deductible for singles and an $8,000 deductible for families. The new plan pays 100% after the deductibles are satisfied.

The annual premium is $11,808.84, a 15% increase over the 2017 Anthem plan.

The board agreed to increase the monthly contribution to employee health plans from $25 per month to $50.

Jeans

The board granted a request to allow employees to wear blue jeans at work.

Huser said the old library policy prohibits shorts, jeans, or graphic t-shirts.

Laura Emch, a board member, asked, “Are we okay with employees wearing jeans?”

“Depends on what they look like,” said Jed Grisez, a board member.

“I don’t have a problem with jeans as long as they’re appropriate,” leaving Huser to judge what is appropriate, said Jay Budde, a board member.

Budde said the revised dress code should require employees to dress suitably.

The old code used the word “professionally.”

“Suitable is better. It’s less squishy than professional,” Budde said.



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