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Silver Lake still coping with staffing shortage

The city of Silver Lake continues to move forward without much of its public works department.
City Clerk Kerry Venier reported to the Council at its Monday, Nov. 21, meeting that the work with People Service has been going well.
The city contracted with People Service to manage the city’s water and sewer operations in October when both full-time public works employees went on medical leave.
The city currently has an hourly contract with the company through the end of November. The Council reviewed a three-year contract at the meeting.
At the time of the meeting, the return dates of the public works staff were unknown.
By having People Service manage the water and sewer utilities, the public works staff can focus on other areas of the department, Venier said.
The Council tabled the approval of the contract to further review the financial impact and asked for a 60-day opt-out option versus the 90-day that is stated, with an extension of the current contract through the end of 2016.
Venier also reported that snow-plowing services have been set up with Borka Excavating and the plows are ready to go.

Read the full story in the Nov. 30 edition of The McLeod County Chronicle.