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Two Ellsworth Public Works employees honored for retirement

Village of Ellsworth Board President Gerald DeWolfe honors Scott Hines with a wooden plaque for his retirement after 40 years of service as a Public Works employee. Rich Harris, another retiree of Public Works, was unable to attend; he served 34 years. Rachel Helgeson / RiverTown Multimedia

Scott Hines and Rich Harris, two Ellsworth employees for the Public Works Department have retired after a combined number of 74 years.

Hines, who served 40 years, retired officially this January. He was honored for his retirement with a plaque at a Feb. 4 village board meeting. Village Board President Gerald DeWolfe presented the plaque and thanked Hines for his service.

Harris retired after 34 years and had his last date of employment in September 2018. He was unable to attend the board meeting to receive a similar plaque from DeWolfe and the board.

The Public Works Department now has the same number of employees as last year, after hiring two new employees last year and the retirement of Hines and Harris.

Village Clerk Peggy Nelson said the department is still short another employee and will be hopefully looking to post the job opening in the spring or later.

Other business

• A regular operator license was approved for Cassandra Oricchio.

• Cairns Woods timber bid from Jeremiah Cleland was approved for $13,463.

• Zoning Administrator reported seven new home building permits were given in 2018.

Committee reports

• Plans for a second unattached garage at 334 N. Beulah St. were referred back to the planning committee.

• The board approved promoting Public Works employee Mike Huppert to Foreman with an additional $125 per month wage increase, effective Feb. 10.

• Ellsworth has two new part-time police officers, Jacob Kern and Derek Featherstone.

• Elise Gregory, Ellsworth Library's Program Coordinator, has made some changes to programs and implemented new schedules which have resulted in higher attendance for programs like Storytime.

• Open Writing for Teens class will be held beginning Feb. 14 and running the second Thursday of each month from 4-5 p.m. until May at the Ellsworth Library.

Rachel Helgeson

Rachel Helgeson

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