GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission was presented with further information regarding employee raises and the establishment of a codes court at its regular meeting Tuesday.

County Counselor Jim Emerson told the commission that Friday is the deadline for people to show interest in being the codes court judge. Once a judge is selected, Emerson said he and Zoning Administrator Troy Graham will meet with the judge and clerk of the court of iron out final details.

Jim said he and Graham plan to attend another county’s codes court if possible to learn from the proceedings. The codes court could have hearings as early as March.

County Clerk Don Pyle presented a report on the cost of giving county employee’s a 25 cent per hour raise. Pyle broke down the costs by department, as well as showing the total cost of $135,000. The report also compared the costs to each department’s 2018 budget and spending from 2017.

The commission plans to look over the report and discuss a possible raise at future meetings, however, Commissioner Carl Wood said previously that while he supports raises for employees getting additional education and certifications, he is not in favor of a blanket raise.

In future business:

The county will host Alice Training with county employees January 18 and 19 at the courthouse in Girard, as well as training with the county road and bridge, maintenance and sign departments January 26 at the Homer Cole Center in Pittsburg;

The commission will have a work session with Sheriff Dan Peak and the City of Girard at 9 a.m. January 19 to discuss the sewer system at the Crawford County Jail; and,

Emergency Manager Jason VanBecelaere announced a presentation on the Code Red Mass Notification System will take place Thursday at Pittsburg Fire Station No. 1. The system allows the county, police, fire departments, hospitals and more to send out text notifications to county residents.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.