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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 With that, the motion to advertise for a solid waste director was rescinded.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 The Solid Waste committee recommended that the motion to give the contract to Waste Management be rescinded.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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Preston clarifies position on Dairy and Farm property

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the October 17 city council meeting, a long discussion took place concerning the eventual purchase of the property at the former Dairy and Farm location. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Concerning the possible reuse of the Dairy and Farm p ..... 
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Wedding/event venues approved

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the October 11 county board meeting, Zoning Administrator Cristal Adkins asked the commissioners to consider approval of two conditional use permits (CUP) for agricultural tourism businesses. After public hearings on each of the permit applicatio ..... 
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Root River 1W1P moves into final phase

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Policy Committee votes to send draft plan to state’s BWSR for approval. PRESTON, Sept. 28, 2016, – Area elected leaders overseeing the Root River One Watershed, One Plan project voted Monday to send its draft water-management plan to a state ..... 
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Preston approves sale of industrial lots

Mon, Oct 10th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the October 3 meeting of the Preston City Council, the sale of the two remaining lots in the North Industrial Park was approved. Councilman Dave Harrison was absent. The Economic Development Authority recommended the sale of lots 2 and 3 at the ..... 
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County sets preliminary 2017 budget and levy

Mon, Oct 3rd, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the September 27 county board meeting, commissioners set the preliminary 2017 budget and levy. Early 2017 budget proposals projected an increase of $1.4 million, or about 15%. County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman, working with department heads, id ..... 
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Preston sets preliminary budget and levy

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman summarized the proposed adjustments to the 2017 budget at the city council’s September 20 meeting. As discussed at the September 6 meeting, there is a $129,282 Twenty-14 Project surplus. Using jus ..... 
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County discusses courthouse security

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner Sheriff Tom Kaase presented his department’s budget proposals for 2017 at the September 13 county board meeting. During his presentation, courthouse security options were discussed. Kaase has about $77,000 included in his budge ..... 
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Preston discusses 2017 budget

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented some possible adjustments to the 2017 budget at the city council’s September 6 meeting. Councilman Dave Harrison was absent. The initial draft of the budget was discussed at the August 2 ..... 
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