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Muscatine County engineer looking into hiring fleet manager

Muscatine County engineer looking into hiring fleet manager

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MUSCATINE, Iowa — The Muscatine County Board of Supervisors gave County Engineer Keith White the go-ahead Monday morning to investigate the possibility of hiring a fleet manager for his department.

White said the individual would oversee the maintenance and operation of the department's equipment.

"As you may know we are running about four individuals down compared to the recent past," White told the board.

The open positions include foreman, mechanic and secondary road workers.

"One thing I would like to look at is a little change of direction," White said.

The fleet manager's primary job would be to look after the equipment which represents a multi-million dollar investment in equipment for the county. 

"I think we could save ourselves some money with someone dedicated to that," he said.

The supervisors agreed it was an idea worth investigating.

"There is no question in my mind it could save the county sizable dollars with a good manager in that position. There's no doubt in my mind," said Supervisor Scott Sauer.

The fleet manager would lay out maintenance schedules on all equipment and be responsible for looking at bid processes for the purchase of new equipment.

"I think it makes sense," Supervisor Jeff Sorensen said.

The board also approved amending its $6 million Health Care Facilities revenue note for the Lutheran Homes Society (Lutheran Living Senior Campus) project dating from September 2013.  The initial interest rate was renegotiated from 3.25 percent to 2.75 percent. 

The $18 million renovation project began in October 2013. The senior campus added 24 transitional care center rooms for seniors who will stay a short period before returning home. 

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