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Webster County supervisors approve two new hires Tuesday

One part-time, other replaces a recent retiree

March 16, 2011
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By LINDSEY MUTCHLER Messenger staff writer

The Webster County Conservation Department and Secondary Roads Department received approval to hire an employee.

Matt Cosgrove, director for the conservation department, said the part-time natural resource technician will supplement the loss of a full-time law enforcement park ranger, which was cut due to budget problems in fiscal year 2010.

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Dave Scherff, who has 24 years experience as a park ranger, was approved by the supervisors for the position at a rate of $15 an hour for 24 hours a week.

"Obviously we'll have to do some juggling," Cosgrove said. "It'll help."

The board also approved a request by Webster County Engineer Randy Will to replace the position of Sid Jante, a class A equipment operator, who resigned after 22 years of service.

"Sid was an outstanding employee, and he will be missed," Will said.

Will also presented the board with his five-year construction plan. He said 62 projects are planned for the next five years to funded by a combination of state and federal road use taxes, local sales tax revenues and property taxes.

The number of projects include pavement rehabilitation for 48 miles of road in Webster County. Will said that averages about 10 miles of road a year, and it should be closer to 13 miles.

"We're limited by funding," Will said. "Right now we're at 75 percent of what we'd like to do. We're doing our best to keep ahead."

As the cost of construction projects go up, Will said some counties in the state are reverting paved roads to gravel due to funding. He said he doesn't believe that will happen in Webster County in the near future.

The board unanimously approved the plan. Supervisors Keith Dencklau and Eddie Peterson were absent.

In other business the board approved:

The board also received and placed on file:

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