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Board decides to advertise for county positions

September 19, 2012
By Deb Gau , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Lyon County will be starting several searches this fall, county officials said. At their regular meeting Tuesday, members of the Lyon County Board voted to advertise for job candidates in the county auditor/treasurer's office, and to pursue options for a new county gravel supply.

Commissioners voted in favor of advertising for candidates for Lyon County auditor/treasurer. Auditor/Treasurer Paula VanOverbeke announced her retirement earlier this month, and in the meantime Lyon County Administrator Loren Stomberg was appointed as interim auditor/treasurer.

Commissioner Rodney Stensrud moved that the county seek candidates to serve the remainder of VanOverbeke's term on a full-time basis.

"I think it's necessary," Stensrud said. The sooner a candidate is appointed, the more time he or she would have to work with VanOverbeke for a smooth transition.

Commissioners also discussed whether to update the job description and background requirements for the auditor/treasurer candidates. In appointing a person to fill the rest of the current auditor/treasurer term, the board could ask for a candidate with public accounting experience, said Commissioner Mark Goodenow. Minimum state qualifications to run for auditor/treasurer don't include those requirements, he said.

The county board also voted to advertise for two more vacant positions in the Auditor/treasurer's office. Stomberg said the county is looking for a senior accountant and a senior clerk to replace account clerk Sue Paradis and clerk Laurie Laleman. Paradis has announced she will be retiring, and Laleman has accepted another position, he said.

In a search of an entirely different kind, Lyon County Public Works Director Suhail Kanwar told commissioners the county needs to find a new source of gravel for county projects. The existing property Lyon County is leasing for gravel has been mined out, he said.

"This year we were a little short of what we wanted," Kanwar said.

Some property owners have started approaching the county about selling or leasing property for a gravel pit, and Kanwar said he wanted some direction from the board on how to proceed. The county could buy land to mine, lease it from a local landowner or purchase gravel from another source.

Buying gravel or leasing a gravel pit would likely cost more than the county's current lease, Kanwar said.

"But you're not buying a piece of ground, either," said Commissioner Steve Ritter.

Commissioner consensus was toward leasing a property to mine for gravel. However, Kanwar said he would continue to look at the county's options.



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