Morgan postpones hiring decision

Sep 12 2011 - 11:07pm

MORGAN -- Too many tasks are falling between the cracks, which has some county council members saying the answer is a full-time grounds supervisor.

However, the county is facing revenue decreases, and council members are unsure of where the money for such a position would come from.

The full-time position could oversee maintenance of county parks and fairgrounds, as well as grounds at the courthouse, library, fire station and Lost Creek Reservoir.

The position may be able to incorporate snow removal, weed control, janitorial help and various odd jobs in county facilities, said Councilwoman Ronda Kippen.

"I feel that a lot of these oversights were to be taken care of by the council administrator," she said, "but that is no longer an option."

Kippen said the council administrator's salary budgeted for this year could help pay for the grounds supervisor position, but other council members weren't so sure.

"Are we really ready to go create a new position -- full time -- that will impact our bottom line significantly?" said Councilman Lyle Nelson.

Councilman Ned Mecham agreed, saying, "We need to reread the audit report before we do anything. Revenues are getting low. To hire someone, I think, would be crazy. There's no money."

The council voted to table a decision on the grounds supervisor position in order to review Kippen's draft of a job description. Some council members would like to postpone a decision on the position until budget work sessions.

"There are a lot of areas we could improve on in our county that are not being done to the best of their potential. There are things that get neglected," said Councilman Robert Kilmer.

"But I'm concerned about creating anything new without changing something else. We need to look at the whole picture. Before we add to, there's something we need to change or take away."

The county currently employs a county park supervisor, but only on a seasonal basis, which is set to expire Nov. 1.

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