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  County Board passes Inclement Weather Policy
 

After two weeks of thinking about it, the Grant County Board of Commissioners passed an Inclement Weather Policy at their meeting last Tuesday. The polity was brought to the board at their meeting two weeks ago, but commissioners wanted a little more time to read through it before deciding to implement the policy or not. There was no discussion Tuesday, as the policy quickly passed on a voice vote.

The policy gives the board chair authorization, after consultation with the county sheriff and county engineer, to close all or part of the county’s operations during the normal work period. Reasons for closing include, but are not limited to: weather; safety or other situations as designated by the county board.

County employees will need to use vacation, sick, compensatory time, and/or storm bank days, if available. If all available paid time off is exhausted, then the employee can take the day off unpaid, or if the department head allows it, the employee may make up the time within that pay period.

Employees that have been pre-approved for vacation, sick and/or comp time, will be required to use that time, in the event the offices close.

This policy does not apply to those departments and employees expected to remain on duty during adverse weather or other emergency events.

In situations where a notice of closing is not issued, it is the responsibility of the employee to use good judgment in deciding whether or not to attempt to come to work. Employees must keep their supervisors informed.

Other business
County Auditor Chad Van Santen informed the board that the City of Hoffman has requested they be allowed to use mail-in ballots, from now on, for elections. The board approved the use of mail-in ballots for the City of Hoffman, making it the 20th out of 23 precincts with mail-in ballots.

The board agreed to advertise for bids for county-wide solid waste collection services. The bids will be accepted through November 25, when they will be opened.

Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Joe Montonye presented a draft of the new Pomme de Terre Watershed Management Plan he has been working on for two years. He said there will be two public hearings to present the draft this month. Montonye also presented a proposed 2020 budget for Grant Soil and Water Conservation District of $482,326.00.

   
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