SUPERIOR, Nebraska (STPNS) -- It took four separate motions, but the Nuckolls County Board at Monday's regular meeting eventually approved a pay increase for approximately 30 county employees, excluding elected officials and their deputies.

The first motion, made by chairman Arnold Brown, was for a pay increase of $50 per month for the employees. It died for lack of a second. Commissioner Dan Corman made a motion for a $75 per month raise for the employees, but that one also died for lack of a second.

Brown introduced his earlier motion for a second time, but it died again without a second. Then Commissioner Mike Combs made a motion for a $100 per month raise, it was seconded by Corman and approved by a 2-1 vote, with Brown voting against.



In another matter, the board met with highway superintendent Mark Mainelli and assistant highway superintendent Gary Warren for a report on road department activities and business.

After a short discussion, the board approved paying Mainelli $1,000 per month without benefits to serve as county highway superintendent. Mainelli praised Warren and Cindy Buescher, road department secretary, for the work they've done since he replaced Don Robb.

"The two people you have working down there have meant a lot less for me to do," Mainelli said. "A lot less than we originally thought."

In other business:

The board met in executive session for 35 minutes to discuss a personnel matter. Included in the private session were the three commissioners; Jackie Kassebaum, county clerk; Sherry Kniep, deputy county clerk; Gary Warren and Mark Mainelli. The executive session was requested by Mainelli.

A discussion was held regarding the dress code for county road department employees. It was reiterated that shorts are not appropriate attire for road department employees.

The commissioners accepted the treasurer's report from Vicki Ensign, Nuckolls County Treasurer.

The board continued its discussion on mileage reimbursement for Extension office personnel.

The letter of agreement between the county and Region 3 Behavioral Services for emergency protective custody (EPC) cases was approved and signed. Action on the agreement was tabled for several weeks because County Attorney Tim Schmidt said he had questions about some of the changes in the agreement from last year. Schmidt said Monday his questions have been answered, the document had been changed again slightly and he recommended it be approved and signed.

The three-year plan for the assessor's office was amended to include the geographic information system (GIS) recently approved by the board.