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December 11, 2013

Board rescinds secondary roads employee hire

KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County Board of Supervisors Monday approved a motion to rescind the hiring of a secondary road department employee, after that employee declined to take the position.

The board rescinded the hiring of Tom Yochum in the secondary road department as authorized on November 25 due to his declining the offer for employment.

“I understood his reasons,” Barrett said. “They were economic.”

On the recommendation of the county engineer, James Schmitt, of Bonaparte, was appointed as an equipment operation 2 in the secondary road department, effective Dec. 30, at a salary per union contract. The vote was 2-1 with Waugh voting no.

Barrett had asked for two hires, as an employee is scheduled to have surgery next month.

Supervisor Mark Meek had asked Barrett how many employees have a CDL license. Barrett replied that he checked and all have CDL, but one employee has a Class B license.

“Hiring another one would get me a snowplow driver,” Barrett said.

A motion by Nixon to authorize the county engineer to hire two employees in the Van Buren County Secondary Road Department died for lack of second.

In other action:

• Barrett said that the Boley Bridge project on Yellow Avenue, south of Highway 16, was set for a Feb. 18, 2014, letting. “Everything has been completed and filed with the DOT for the letting,” said Barrett.

• Barrett said that JDM has completed footings and walls of the new secondary road expansion.

“I did get an estimate of $11,000 for floor heating. Since I received no negative reaction when checking with you (the supervisors), I told the contractor to go ahead with floor heating,” Barrett said.

Supervisor Ted Nixon said, “I think the cost savings over the next 20 to 50 years will pay for it.”

Waugh added, “I think it will do a better job of heating trucks than overhead heating.”

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