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Lane County to discuss management pay hikes further

The Board of County Commissioners were asked this week to consider raising wages for 215 managers and supervisors over the next three years.  Their response:  no decision until December because some commissioners wanted more information.

Commission Chair Jay Bozievich disagreed and said it merits approval without delay.  Waiting another five weeks, he added, won’t bring any more information to light.

Bozievich is in favor of the raises as a way to keep from losing any more key managers and supervisors.

          205 – “We are losing some of our best and brightest to other agencies that have higher paying wages.  The city of Springfield and the city of Eugene’s Public Works Directors both make more money than our Public Works Director and our Public Works Director has a much larger department and a larger budget.”

The proposal would increase personnel costs by more than $860-thousand next year.  But, Bozievich pointed out that’s a very small amount in comparison with the overall size of the county budget.

The commission will review the proposal again in early December.

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With the Halloween season upon us, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue is taking the opportunity to host an open house Saturday.  To be held at the main fire station on Highway 101 at 26th street from 1 to 4:30pm members of the fire district will be joined by personnel from the Western Lane Ambulance District and Florence Police.  There will be there with trick or treat candy, tours, games and Hot dogs.  Come meet emergency responders and enjoy a fun time.

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Chains will rattle and doors will creak in an event that might find even bravest adults trembling and screaming like little girls. The Children’s Repertory Of Oregon Workshop or CROW is offering three days of their Scare Crow Haunted Maze at their new building. A renovation fund raiser, admission is $4 entry or $14 for the entire night.  The Scare Crow haunted maze hours are 6 to 9 tonight and Friday, and 3 to 6 Saturday…

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There will be trick or treating at Old Town businesses on Halloween afternoon according to Cal Applebee, executive director of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. Kids in costume are welcome to roam the business between 3 and 5pm.