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July 9, 2013

Staff, union troubled by thought of privatization

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“But if you take an aspect of it and contract that part of the service out and save money, then why wouldn’t we at least entertain the idea?” Weller said.

But he said he was disappointed to see this item on the agenda, saying the city should have sent out proposals itself, rather than paying $4,000 for a consulting firm to do the same thing.

“We need a backup, a ‘Plan B,’” he said. “The DNR is on our backs on when are we going to get a full-time Grade IV operator of the facility. Unless we add about $30,000 to the salary posted last time, we’re not even going to come close.”

Councilman J.R. Richards said he wants to see if a Grade IV-certified superintendent can be secured this month without proceeding with Morgan’s proposal.

Mayor Frank Flanders said he’s never been a fan of privatization of government services.

“...right now the preponderance of evidence is really strong that any attempt to privatize would not be a benefit,” he said.

To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.

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