A $17,000 budget transfer to cover Kewaunee County Jail 2016 overtime overages was among the resolutions approved by the County Board on Monday.
Sheriff Matt Joski told the board he appreciates efforts by County Administrator Scott Feldt and Finance Director Paul Kunesh to refine the annual budget process and make it more transparent.
“It’s refreshing, and it can be somewhat grueling when that time comes around because there’s a greater expectation than there was four years ago, five years ago, in regards to how we lay out our budgets,” Joski said.
“I’ve been sheriff for 10 years and I’ve never made this request in 10 years; I’ve always put money back into the general fund,” he said. Needing to come to the board for contingency funds “does pain me, but I understand the reason behind it.”
Feldt reminded the board that the sheriff and jail overtime budgets were slashed in 2016 – the jail going from $40,000 historically to $10,000 this past year – to encourage full staffing rather than a dependence on staff working many hours of OT.
The reality for the year was that retirements and resignations, and the training needed for replacement staff, led to overtime spending that was below the old expectation but $17,000 higher than budgeted.
The Finance Committee’s recommendation to transfer the funds from the county’s $100,000 contingency fund passed 18-0. Supervisors John Pagel and Dennis Cravillion did not attend Monday’s meeting.
Four other measures also passed unanimously, one ordinance change and three resolutions.
The ordinance amendment increases the fee charged when a check paid to the county is returned for insufficient funds. The fee had been $10; the new fee is $35 or whatever the bank charge is, whichever is greater. The increase is more in line with current bank practices, county officials said.
Supervisors passed resolutions accepting state grants of $14,445 for a “clean sweep” program and $828 for Emergency Management training.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection approved the grant for collection of disposal of unwanted prescription medication, household and agricultural waste. The fiscal note with the resolution indicates that in-kind costs can be used to cover a required 25 percent local spending match, such as the use of the highway shop and volunteer and staff time.
The EM grant is to hire an instructor and purchase supplies for a course in how to handle an “expanding incident.”
The County Board also passed a resolution urging the state Legislature to “develop and enact bipartisan support for funding of comprehensive, sustainable, effective and evidence-based communicable disease control and prevention for the public’s health.”
The resolution is identical to one passed by several Wisconsin counties over the past two years urging state funding for handling such diseases as Ebola, H1N1, measles, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and others.