‘Everything is on the table’

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    Wilcox Elementary School Vice Principal Deena Fontana, right, and counselor Jonel Elia talk to Wilcox students at the County Council meeting Wednesday. The students were in attendance to learn about important decisions leaders must make.

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    Kauai Police Department Acting Chief Michael Contrades, back to camera, testifies before the County Council Wednesday. Contrades read a prepared letter backing county employee pay raises to combat salary inversion. Contrades will officially retire July 1.

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    Members of the county Planning Department, Planning Commission and County Council pose for a photo in recognition of the commission’s recent award for outstanding service, for which they will be recognized at the Planning Association Conference in San Fransisco on Sunday, at the Historic County Building council chambers Wednesday.

LIHUE — On the second reading of resolution 2019-1 — proposing salary increases for employees of the county and officials — the council found itself deadlocked again, with Councilmember Kipukai Kuali‘i excused from the meeting due to the flu. Without Kuali‘i, the six present councilmembers found themselves split 3-3 on the controversial resolution to grant pay raises to several county employees.

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