A request to give the county’s part-time employees a one-time payment in the amount of $200 received a favorable nod from members of the Clark County Quorum Court Monday night.

A request to give the county’s part-time employees a one-time payment in the amount of $200 received a favorable nod from members of the Clark County Quorum Court Monday night.
Justice Austin King, chair of the Quorum Court’s Personnel Committee, reported that the committee had recently met to discuss the possibility of giving a one-time payment for part-time employees.
In the past, justices have agreed to give full-time employees a one-time payment. However, nothing was in place to compensate part-time employees.
Based on the formula developed by the personnel committee, part-time employees who work more than 500 hours on an annual basis or more than 20 hours per week are eligible for the one-time payment.
“It would exclude seasonal workers,” said King.
According to Justice Galen White, the recommendation was being made to the court Monday so that the part-time employees could receive their payment as soon as possible.
Members of the Quorum Court’s Budget Committee were aware of the plans to provide the payment, and did not oppose the proposal.
Funds that will be used to pay to 19 part-time employees who are eligible for the compensation will be taken from the county’s 2018 budget.
Other items addressed:
• Justice Tom Calhoon, chair of the Quorum Court’s Budget Committee, reported that based on preliminary numbers, the county is expected to carry over approximately $1,912,000 from last year.
According to Calhoon, the carry over amount is approximately $150,000 to $200,000 more than what the budget committee had anticipated.
“Because of earlier collections and greater collections, we are in better shape there than we had anticipated,” Calhoon explained.
Clark County Judge Troy Tucker noted there will still be several 2017 bills that will have to be paid.
“But it will not substantially affect that budget,” Tucker said.
• Chris Villianes and Mark Harrell gave a presentation concerning the AAC Risk Management Program.
The program’s Arraignment Bridge is a video/audio communication system for law enforcement, prisons and the judiciary.
The program allow visits and hearings to be conducted via teleconference, provide advancements in parole and probation processes and improves courtroom safety and efficiency.
As a consequence, the program reduces inmate transports to court hearings, the number of liabilities due to vehicle accidents, the amount of contraband in prisons and escape potential.
In addition, Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson noted the program will save his department thousands of dollars that will otherwise be used to transport inmates.