Mowing in Owensville

Owensville discusses mowing at special meeting

On Thursday, Owensville's Town Council members met up for a special meeting to discuss hiring someone to take care of mowing the grass around town.

Before the meeting officially began, Don "Mo" Crabtree, groundskeeper of Montgomery Park in Owensville, discussed plans for a security system at the park to protect the area from any future act of vandalism. Crabtree then stayed after the discussion to listen in on the proceedings.

Although they had already interviewed prospective candidates, the council couldn't decide on whether to hire a part-time employee or contract the work without figuring out what kind of wages they could give and how much time they'd be asking based on records from past workers. This proved harder than they had originally thought, as the records weren't readily available.

In the past year, the council has tried to incorporate a new system of signing in and writing out what each employee had accomplished while on the clock. It's thought to be that the system isn't working as well because there's more confusion on what is supposed to be written down and recorded than anything else. 

The council decided to schedule another meeting within the new few weeks in order to sit down with their employees and discuss the issues with the sign-in sheets and clocking in the time that was worked. 

"We're responsible for the financing and the running of a business, and if there's something on the table that is going to be a better business decision for this town, good, bad or otherwise, it's our responsibility to do it," said Daniel Kautzman, "But we need to do it in respect to our employees; whatever is going to work good for them, too... I think we can find a happy medium for everybody."

Until ethane, they've decided to temporarily hire Crabtree on a part-time basis to help with the mowing. 

“See what happens when you come in for a meeting?” Kautzman joked to Crabtree.

The council said they may keep Crabtree on as a perma- nent employee if there aren’t any scheduling conflicts or other problems from now un- til the next meeting. 

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Amber L. Nixon, Star Times Staff Reporter