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County merges departments

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, December 6th, 2012

By Jason Ferguson
After several weeks and several resignations, the Custer County Commission has decided what to do with the county’s weed & pest department.
At its regular meeting on Nov. 28, the commission unanimously voted to incorporate the department into the county’s highway maintenance department. Commissioner David Hazeltine said the move will allow the department to move ahead, and more importantly, no longer compete with private sprayers in the county.
“The main thing is we get out of competition with free enterprise,” he said.
The decision at the meeting came after a short executive session with the commission, county highway department supervisor Gary Woodford and county emergency management director Mike Carter.
Commissioner Jim Lintz said the merge will not change the framework of what the county’s weed and pest board works with, and saves the county money by not having to pay “someone who doesn’t have anything to do for six months.”
“I think this is the best way to spend our money, save the county money and keep the weed board a viable institution,” he said.
The move to merge ends a saga that began toward the end of August when county weed and pest director Bill Kirsch, his field supervisor, Steve Weise, and two other full-time employees resigned in the wake of what Kirsch called “unethical conduct” by some members of the Custer County Commis-sion.

After several weeks and several resignations, the Custer County Commission has decided what to do with the county’s weed & pest department.

At its regular meeting on Nov. 28, the commission unanimously voted to incorporate the department into the county’s highway maintenance department. Commissioner David Hazeltine said the move will allow the department to move ahead, and more importantly, no longer compete with private sprayers in the county.

“The main thing is we get out of competition with free enterprise,” he said.

The decision at the meeting came after a short executive session with the commission, county highway department supervisor Gary Woodford and county emergency management director Mike Carter.

Commissioner Jim Lintz said the merge will not change the framework of what the county’s weed and pest board works with, and saves the county money by not having to pay “someone who doesn’t have anything to do for six months.”

“I think this is the best way to spend our money, save the county money and keep the weed board a viable institution,” he said.

The move to merge ends a saga that began toward the end of August when county weed and pest director Bill Kirsch, his field supervisor, Steve Weise, and two other full-time employees resigned in the wake of what Kirsch called “unethical conduct” by some members of the Custer County Commission.

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