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  • City of Laurie continues personnel shuffle

  • The Laurie Board of Aldermen is continuing to make adjustments in personnel after letting long-time public works director Ed Young go in June.
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  • The Laurie Board of Aldermen is continuing to make adjustments in personnel after letting long-time public works director Ed Young go in June.
    In closed session Tuesday evening after the regular open meeting, the board voted to give raises to four employees who are taking on more responsibilities as a result of the elimination of the department head position.
    Brian Scheiter, Dean Smith, Larry Westfall and Barb Cameron are all receiving hourly raises of varying amounts.
    According to City Clerk Olive Wood, the raises overall amount to $6 an hour. Not including possible overtime, the cost to the city will be $12,480.
    The city has estimated that the elimination of the public works director position will save about $52,000 a year.
    Scheiter is currently the city's only operator licensed to run the sewer system. He is also licensed for the water system, but Smith is taking over the main responsibilities there. Smith is also working on certification for the sewer system and will be helping with planning and zoning.
    As Smith takes on more duties with the water system, maintenance employee Larry Westfall will be doing more in that department.
    Cameron, the municipal court/deputy clerk, is taking on more paperwork duties related to the water and sewer systems as well as planning and zoning.
    The board also voted to move Smith's payroll from the maintenance department to water and sewer as he will be doing more work on the water system.
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