August 9, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 32

Manager saves $20,000 in annual labor and benefit costs

Petersburg City Manager, Stephen Giesbrecht, along with City of Petersburg department heads will evaluate existing positions in the City as they become vacant to determine ways to save money.

“We are performing a review of hours, job descriptions and job class for the purpose of identifying opportunities to save money,” Giesbrecht said.

This savings is above the budgeted amount for these positions.

Excavation and fill for the library is nearly complete. “The crews are working extra hours in order to get the walls and roof on by fall,” Giesbrecht said. “Footings, water and sewer services will be installed in a couple of weeks.”

Giesbrecht reported that transient pleasure boat, seine and tender moorage is down this year and attributes this to the Ocean Beauty Seafoods not operating.

The improvements to Sandy Beach Park are beginning to take place as well. “Petersburg Parks and Recreation met with Petersburg Rotary Club to discuss the rebuild of the shelter,” Giesbrecht said. “Improvements to the bathroom has been designed and construction is ready to begin in the next week or so.”

Giesbrecht also explained that planning stages for the state funded replacement of the retaining wall at the Clausen Museum, as well as, some excavation and rebuild of the yard in preparation for eventual expansion has begun.

Petersburg Public Works has re-allocated $29,000 from projects in order to add one more block of Odin Street from Surf to Rambler to the construction plan. “This extra portion was added when we realized this street was in much worse shape than we initially thought,” Giesbrecht said.

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