Le Sueur Co. recognizes staff

The Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners and County Employee Recognition Committee recognized several employees during the Tuesday, Oct. 1, regular county board meeting.

            Recognized on their significant length of service anniversaries were Mark Pittman, highway department, 30 years; Bonnie Reak, county attorney’s office, 25 years; Jennifer Christensen and Lisa Johnson, human services, five years; and Joseph Kern, sheriff’s office, five years.

            Other employment items on the agenda of Human Resources Director Cindy Westerhouse included recommendation to transfer Jamie Von Bank to a full time veterans benefits counselor in the veterans service office; accept retirement request of Bob Gehrke, highway maintenance supervisor in the highway department (Bob has been an employee of the county since 1974); advertise for a full time highway maintenance supervisor; transfer David Tiegs, full time assistant highway engineer to a new grade level; and end the seasonal park caretaker assignment with Linda Riebesell and Bill Riebesell, effective October 11.

The board also:

            • Heard information from Tom Hanzel concerning a berm on County Ditch #36, near German Lake. He said the berm has eroded and is needed to hold water in an adjacent marsh. “Rebuilding the berm would be a very expensive project,” commented County Administrator Darrell Pettis. A DNR official and a ditch viewer also commented on the situation, but no one had a solution for funding, which will be investigated further.

            • Approved scope of services for preliminary and final design of Trunk Highway 169 Le Sueur Hill Project and local road connections.

            • Awarded the bid for CSAH 23 emergency repair to Mathiowetz Construction in the amount of $998,650, and approved final payment to Wm. Mueller and Sons for the CSAH 29 (Le Sueur Co.) and 2 (Rice Co.) project.

            • Accepted an emergency management grant ($23,000) for operations of the emergency management department.

            • Approved purchase of a laminator for use by all county departments ($1,299.99).

            • Held a closed meeting to discuss labor negotiation strategies.