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October 16, 2013

VB County talks farm ground, hiring


“I am asking that you replace the one who is retiring now and hire two more so that they can receive training this winter in the job of operator and technician. We will have to find replacements anyway when the retirements come next June,” he said.

Supervisor Bob Waugh said, “I’m not ready to hire until we get the official word of their retirement.”

“I might be in favor of the second one, not third,” said Supervisor Ted Nixon. “That might help the secondary roads do some more projects. The only way to get some of these projects done is to bring the workforce back up.”

Mark Meek supported hiring just one until supervisors get a firm commitment on the retirements in 2014. He moved to hire one. Waugh seconded. That motion carried.

Barrett then recommended hiring Jacob Frueh, St. Paul, for Equipment Operator II. He has experience in the National Guard, Barrett said, and is a welder.

Waugh said he didn’t want to hire this person as Equipment Operator II; instead he wanted it at EO I, as it was advertised. Barrett said the difference in pay is eight cents per hour but is based on the experience and responsibilities. Meek said he favored the hire as an EO II and disagreed with Waugh.

A motion to hire Frueh passed 2-1. Waugh voted no.

• Supervisors accepted the resignation of Deb Greenfield as deputy county treasurer effective Nov. 1 with regret. The board met with County Treasurer Tanya McQuoid on a replacement. McQuoid would like to begin interviewing next week and hopefully, the new hire can have some training before Greenfield leaves.

Greenfield was full time, and McQuoid wants the replacement to be full time. Supervisors want to discuss the matter and will decide at a meeting next Monday.

McQuoid said the office, which handles motor vehicle licenses, driver’s license and property taxes, has three full-time workers. The new worker would be cross trained, as in the past.

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