Jobs disappear as county trims budget

Jobs disappear as county trims budget
LEWISTON - Tough times in Nez Perce County were made obvious this week, as commissioners cut four and a half jobs and reduced the hours of two others.

"There were four full-time positions in the janitorial department, plus a half-time person," said County Commission Chairman Doug Zenner. "There were also two other half-time reductions. One in the weed department, our superintendent was 40 hours a week he is now 20. Then the planner position, that is currently unfilled, will be a 20 hour position."

Zenner said the commission unanimously approved the decision Thursday. The employees who lost their jobs were let go immediately and given a severance package.

Zenner said janitorial services will now be handled by Western Building Maintenance. He said even with the cost of janitorial supplies, the switch will save the county $127,000 in the 2011 budget. Until the switch is made Zenner said all county workers are pitching in.

"At the present time all the employees are cleaning their desks themselves and collecting the trash," said Zenner on Friday. "We'll just deal with it

Zenner said the contract with Western Building Maintenance is expected to be approved at their meeting Monday.

"These times are tough, I understand that, but we had to do what we had to do," said Zenner.