After failing to pass a motion for an ordinance approving the prevailing wage, the Fayette County Board narrowly passed the measure by a vote of 6-5 on Tuesday night. The measure was put back on the agenda for this month and during discussion on the issue, board member Jenny Waggoner spoke to the fact that they have already technically approved the prevailing wage so the ordinance vote is just a formality mandated by the state.
When asked what would happen if the county did not approve the prevailing wage ordinance, State’s Attorney Josh Morrison did inform the board that they could be fined by the state. Following discussion, a vote was taken with board members Jeff Beckman, Dean Bernhardt, Keith Cole, John Daniels Jr., Jake Harris and Jenny Waggoner voting in favor of the ordinance while board members Glenn Gurtner, Bryce Kistler, Darrell Schaal, Wade Wilhour and Glen Daniels voted in opposition of the ordinance. Board members Chad Austin and Mark Isaiah were not present for the vote.
In other business at the monthly meeting, after a just under 20-minute closed session, the board unanimously approved to hire outside private counsel for union contract negotiations.