New members sworn in at City Council Meeting
Peggy Williams returns to Libby City Council seat.
by Duane Williams, KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
January 8, 2008
Three council members were sworn in at Monday's Libby City Council meeting.
Peggy Williams was reinstated to the council. She had been appointed to the council last year to replace Stu Crismore who was removed by the council. Crismore went to court over his removal from office and the 19th District Court ruled against the City of Libby, returning Crismore to his seat.
In November with Crismore, Bill Bischoff, and Doug Roll, all incumbents, up for reelection, Williams ran for the City Council, ending up the highest vote getter. Bischoff and Roll were reelected.
Items on the agenda were the request for abandonment of the alley between Highway 2 and Eighth Street by Tungstun Holdings for the development of a professional office complex in the old IGA store on the corner of the highway and Mineral, and a further discussion of the Police Retirement System and Social Security over payments for police officers. Both items were tabled.
For a number of years Social Security withholding was incorrectly applied to police officer payroll. The officers had opted out of Social Security in favor of the Police Retirement System, in effect paying into retirement twice. The officers are asking the Social Security System to return the amount withheld from their checks and the City to pay them the City contribution made to Social Security for that period of time. Currently the employee pays 6.2 percent to Social Security through withholding and the employer pays a matching 6.2 percent into the Social Security pool.