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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Council to retain custodial positions


October 26, 2017 | View PDF

The job will go on for Matthew and Dave Nelson.

Members of the Seward City Council agreed unanimously at their October 23 regular meeting to rework a draft of the proposed 2018 and 2019 city budget to ensure that the Nelson brothers custodial jobs would not be eliminated as part of cost-cutting efforts. In an attempt to cover a budget shortfall, the city had indicated during budget work sessions that it would cut the two positions.

That move came to an end on Monday as the council voted unanimously to rework the proposed budget to ensure the two City Hall custodial positions remained intact.

A 16-year employee of the city, Matthew Nelson had asked the council earlier this month not to eliminate the two positions, saying the jobs enabled him and his family to stay in Seward. Dave Nelson said that had his custodial position been eliminated he would likely have been forced to relocate to the Lower 48 to find employment.

As part of its attempt to create a new budget, council members had initially discussed “outsourcing” the custodial positions.

During the October 9 meeting, newly elected mayor David Squires said he understood Nelson’s concerns and indicated he and the members of the council would take another look at the budget. On Monday, they announced they would find another avenue to reduce costs.

The Seward City Council will hold another meeting in relation to the budget next month.


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