The Washington County Board passed a raise for county coroner, Mark Styninger, at the latest county board meeting on August 9. The board apporved a salary increase from $19,000 to $25,000 starting next year. The salary will continue to raise $1,000 per year for the next three years, bringing the final total to $28,000 by the end of his term. Board vice-chairman Gary Suedmeyer talked about how the amount of work for the coronor has almost tripled over the past eight years.
The board also talked about raising the salary of the board chairman from $125 per month to $150, but the item was set aside until the next term, pending a review of statutes of when the raise could go into effect. The board previously raised the salaries of board members from $55 per month to $65 per month.
In other business, the board approved the Hogshead Road Culvert Replacement project. The costs of the project are to be split between the county and Covington township. The board also approved three zoning changes, after the zoning committee reccommended it.
County Engineer Mitch Burdick told the board that the Peachtree Road project should be done by this week, and the County Highway 21 resurfacing project would run through September. The board also said that the public is invited to review the 2016 Comprehensive Plan prior to the next board meeting.