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Supervisors OK buy-back of comp time

June 19, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

The county on Tuesday approved a buy-back of more than $160,000 in compensatory time off from 15 county property services employees.

Two of the 15 employees have more than 1,500 hours of comp time that will be bought at over $20,000 each.

Property Services Director Randy Rister said the comp time has accumulated for five years. Property services is responsible for county-run facilities such as correctional facilities and fire departments that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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"If they have an electrical or plumbing problem, property services responds so the facility can keep operating," Rister said.

Lack of money and staff also contributed to the growth in comp time, Rister stated in an earlier letter to the board.

The Board of Supervisors approved the buy-back, with a review of the department's policies, at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Supervisor Hank Kuiper was absent from the meeting, attending the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's 100th anniversary celebration at the Hoover Dam.

The board approved a $35,000 community development block grant application and designating the town of Niland as a colonia after an 11 a.m. public hearing.

The colonia designation makes Niland eligible for community development block grant money to build water treatment systems and safe and affordable housing.

The board also:

· approved an Air Pollution Control District Board resolution supporting SB 2588 and HR 4867, legislation to block natural gas exports to border power plants not meeting California air quality standards;

· supported the concept of the San Diego Sea-to-Sea Trail Foundation's walking-riding trail connecting the Salton Sea in Imperial County to the Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego County.

>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or lauramitchell9@yahoo.com

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