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Maintenance Supervisor Schultz to head solid waste department


Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner

Restructuring of the Solid Waste Department following the retirement of solid waste administrator Jon Martin took a step forward at the county board’s November 1 meeting.

County Engineer Ron Gregg had considered taking over as department head of Solid Waste, but declined to take on the additional responsibility for the pay offered. Building maintenance supervisor Terry Schultz was willing to take on the oversight of staff for the Solid Waste Department for the $8,000 stipend offered in addition to his current pay as maintenance supervisor.

Kristina Kohn, Human Services, explained the arrangement to consolidate the departments will be looked at again in about a year, after the transition can be evaluated. At that time, the board may continue with this structure and have their consultant provide an employee description for the new combined department head position.

The Personnel committee recommended the Schultz promotion recognizing his leadership and management skills. The restructuring described was approved. With that, the motion to advertise for a solid waste director was rescinded. This position had been recommended when Gregg was considering taking over the Solid Waste department.

The restructuring involving Schultz will involve the hire of a second Transfer Attendant instead of the Solid Waste Director. A motion to post internally to fill that position was approved. Kohn said a training schedule has been put together to get the proper certifications. Trainings for certification will be held on November 16 and 17.

Schultz wants two of his current staff in maintenance to be cross-trained. He will take the training for certification himself.

The structure with Schultz providing oversight of Solid Waste and the hire of an additional transfer attendant instead of a solid waste director will save the county about $17,000 per year.

A week ago, the board voted to contract with Waste Management, one of two proposals that had been received for solid waste and recycling services. County coordinator Bobbie Vickerman said they were looking at the Request for Proposals and there is some confusion on the recycling piece and rural sites portion. The Solid Waste committee recommended that the motion to give the contract to Waste Management be rescinded. There is still an option to go with Harter’s Quick Clean-up or WM or throw out all p .....
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Government this week - 11/7/16

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in All Government

• Monday, November 7, City of Houston Planning Commission/EDA, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, November 7, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, November 7, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. • Tuesday, Novemb ..... 
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Clarification

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in All Government

The political advertisment that was published in the October 31, 2016 issue of the Fillmore County Journal titled “Save Kingsland Middle School” inadvertantly made no mention of who paid for the ad. To clarify, the ad was paid for by Donna Erdma ..... 
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Ostrander repairs and park damage discussed

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander City Council met on November 1, with all members present: Erin Volkart, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones, and DJ Start. Police Chief Tom Mosher informed the council of an incident in which a person caused ..... 
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Rushford Village meets in closed session to discuss litigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In closed meeting, following the Tuesday, November 1 open meeting, the Rushford Village Council met with City Attorney Tom Manion to discuss “pending or threatened litigation.” The issue pertains to a contract dispute with McHugh Excavating of O ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools hosts Meet the Candidates Forum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner There are five candidates running for four seats on the Rushford-Peterson School Board November 8. Incumbents Valerie Howe, John Linder, and Julie Koop are all seeking reelection. Challengers for the seats are Curtis Fox and Bon ..... 
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County to contract with Waste Management

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner Solid Waste Administrator Jon Martin reported at the county board’s October 25 meeting that the county has received two proposals for waste and recycling services. Waste Management and Harter’s Quick Clean-up offered their rate ..... 
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Chatfield estimates flood damages

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At the October 24 meeting of the Chatfield City Council Brian Burkholder reported that there was a recent meeting with FEMA concerning damages to public property in Fillmore County due to the heavy late September rains and flooding ..... 
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Minnesota ranked in top 10 for science and technology

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, MN – On October 25, 2016, Minnesota scored in the top 10 of all 50 states, on a national measure of science and technology across the country. The 2016 Technology and Science Index from the Milken Institute ranked Minnesota eighth in the ..... 
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