Oak Creek may add position

Town board considers hiring public works employee


— A new employee might be added to the town of Oak Creek's payroll tonight.

The Oak Creek Town Board will consider hiring a fourth public works employee at its 7 p.m. meeting at Town Hall.

Two full-time employees and one part-time employee currently comprise the town's public works department.

The town must employ a public works employee with a "B" certification in water and sewer.

The federal government passed a law requiring that municipalities employ people with "B" certification in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

Oak Creek, however, does not currently employ a public works employee with the required B operator license.

The Town Board agreed during its special meeting last Thursday to advertise the position, but several trustees doubted enough qualified applicants would be found to fill the open spot.

Mayor Cargo Rodeman said at last week's meeting that she knew of a qualified applicant who was willing to work for the town's wages.

The town's part-time public works employee was recently hired, but the employee does not hold the necessary certification.

Rodeman assured the board last Thursday that no current public works positions were in jeopardy.

That still does not negate the town's need for a public works employee with the proper certification, she said.

"It's something that's necessary," Rodeman said. "We have to have it.

"It's not an option."

Trustee David Stordal agreed the question of whether or not the town should hire a qualified public works was not an issue.

"State law says we have to," Stordal said.


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