GARNER — The Hancock County Board of Supervisors certified salaries for elected officials and wages for all county employees at its regular meeting Monday.

New salaries and wages will go into effect at the start of the fiscal year, which is July 1.

Salary increases for elected officials will stay the same as approved at a budget hearing in March.

Salaries for elected officials are determined by a compensation board made up of county residents. Supervisors can then decide to lower the compensation board’s recommendations.

In March, the Hancock County supervisors cut the compensation board’s recommendations on salaries for county elected officials by 45 percent. Salary increases dropped from 5 percent to 2.75 percent for the auditor, treasurer, recorder and board of supervisors. The sheriff and attorneys increases were cut from 6.5 percent to 3.57 percent.

Elected officials and department heads determine wages for other county employees while planning the budget.

In other action:

• Supervisors tabled a decision to vacate a road between sections 20 and 29 in Boone Township.

Supervisor Sis Greiman said the road is not maintained by the county and is used primarily as a field access.

The item will be on the agenda for the July 1 meeting.

• Supervisors listened to a presentation from Elizabeth Conley of Clean Line Energy Partners. The company provides transmission lines from windmills to substations, Greiman said.

Greiman said the company is looking at the possibility of putting transmission lines in Hancock County. A decision will be made sometime in the late summer or early fall.

Sam Jefson is a reporter for the Forest City Summit, another Lee Enterprises newspaper.

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