Tom McGregor of Maple Lake debates the threat of litigation.
Monday, January 14
I found it interesting that the highest paid Wright County employee, Attorney, Tom Kelly, threatened to sue Wright County, his employer, if he did not receive the 3 percent pay increase that he requested for 2013 (See 12-11-12 WC Commissioner Board Meeting Minutes). Reasonable people can debate the appropriateness of a pay increase given the current economic time that we find ourselves in, and, by all accounts, Mr. Kelly has done a fine job as County Attorney for 29 years. Additionally, Mr. Kelly does have the right to sue the county for his pay raise as per MN statue. However, none of these factors justifies the threatened use of litigation to force the taxpayers of Wright County to provide him with a 3 percent pay increase in 2013…
Nancy Pelletier, owner of ABC Childcare, asked the board to consider closing the program as it competes with her business.
The St. Michael-Albertville School Board on Monday night showed unanimous support for the district's Just4Kids program, when local childcare business owners asked them to shut it down because it competes with their business. Asking the board to consider the change was Nancy Pelletier, owner of ABC Chilcare, her husband Randy Pelletier, and president of Wright County Family Childcare Association Hollee Saville, who also owns Happee Hollee's Childcare. All told the school board that it's not the place of government to compete with the private sector, and that ABC Childcare has seen a decrease in enrollment since the district started its Just4Kids program five years ago. The Just4Kids program is a preschool and pre-kindergarten program for …