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County workers recoup lost pay; BOS denies permit

Employees of Caroline County can expect to get a big check within the next two weeks.
The Caroline Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday night to restore the pay cuts to the current 144 county employees that took a paycut last year.
The restored funds will be retroactive to July 1.
Employees will receive a separate paycheck that makes up the “difference of old pay and new pay from July 2011 to Sept 2011, said Finance Director Fran Hatcher.
In July 2010, pay cuts were implemented for all full-time employees and permanent part-time employees.
A 1 percent pay cut for those making less than $40,000 and a 2 percent pay cut for those making more than $40,000 went into effect last July.
Employees were also required to take seven unpaid furlough days.
The restored pay they receive will not recoup all of the pay they lost. But the board did award employees two separate one-time bonuses of $500 in December 2010 and June 2011, which Hatcher said should cover a majority of the pay lost from the furloughs.
The cost to restore the lost pay will cost the county about $133,000.
In other board action, a controversial special exception permit for a special-events facility in Woodford was denied 4-1.
Michelle Gillespie said Liberty Farms, a 10-acre waterfront site along Macedonia Road in Woodford owned by Timothy Thompson, is the perfect place to open her startup event-planning business, where she would host outdoor weddings and family reunions.
Gillespie said she’d like to host at least 20 events per year and would eventually build a pavilion.
While five people spoke in favor of it, eleven spoke against it and about 70 had signed a petition against it.
“It could possibly bring more noise, alcohol, traffic, people and the possibility of more crime,” said nearby neighbor Karen Carter.
Port Royal District Supervisor Bobby Popowicz was the sole vote in favor of the project, which is in his district.
“We’re talking about weddings. If we start to regulate weddings, what will we regulate next? Family reunions? Barbecues?,” he said.
Thompson, a local developer, said he was disappointed with the decision based on noise because by law he could have 14 turkey shoots a year.
“Stayed tuned,” he said.