Town begins search for new clerk/treasurer

¦ Current clerk Raeder set to retire next year
by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff


MEMBERS OF THE Plymouth Town Board took a few minutes before their monthly meeting at the Town Hall Tuesday night to check out the town’s new 3,000-gallon tender. The truck, which replaces one of the fire department’s current pieces, just needs to be lettered and it will be ready to put into service. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner MEMBERS OF THE Plymouth Town Board took a few minutes before their monthly meeting at the Town Hall Tuesday night to check out the town’s new 3,000-gallon tender. The truck, which replaces one of the fire department’s current pieces, just needs to be lettered and it will be ready to put into service. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner PLYMOUTH – The town is ready to hang out the “Help Wanted” sign.

The Town Board voted Monday to move ahead with advertising to fill the clerk/ treasurer position.

Laura Raeder, the current clerk/treasurer, will be retiring next year. She has served as town clerk for more than three decades and as clerk/treasurer since the two positions were combined more than two decades ago.

Raeder provided the board with copies of job descriptions for clerk/treasurers from several area municipalities to give supervisors an idea of what to look for in a replacement.

“I don’t know how much detail you want to go into,” in advertising the position, Raeder commented. “It’s almost impossible to describe everything.”

The board voted to begin advertising for someone to fill the position, with several board members noting that a few other area municipalities are advertising currently for the same position as well.

“A lot of places are having trouble finding people to hire, so I don’t know what we’ll find,” Supervisor Glenn Kruschke stated.

“We want to put in an ad as soon as possible to get the ball rolling,” Town Chair Warren Luedke said. “We’d like to have somebody in training by the next election.”

Raeder said the board might also want to look at adjusting the current office hours for the position when hiring a new person.

Currently, Raeder is in the office at Town Hall on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

“I really feel I’d leave it the way it is,” she advised. But, Raeder added, “I’ve always been willing to come in to meet with someone any time.”

Town Attorney Jim Hughes reported back on a complaint raised at the October board meeting about burning brush at Parm’s Landscaping on State 57.

He noted that the town’s ordinance, “seems to ban open burning without the permission of the fire chief.” That permission is required for each day of open burning, he added.

The landscaping firm burns brush and other refuse from its various jobs in an open area behind their business. A town of Rhine resident complained at the October meeting that the wind carried smoke and odor to her home on some days.

Hughes noted that the smoke and odor might also be a violation of the town’s nuisance ordinance.

Fire Chief Denis Fellows pointed out that there are a number of town residents who have open fires on their property.

Hughes suggested that the board might want to meet with the owner of Parm’s to discuss their concerns about the fire and the supervisors agreed. The attorney said he would write a letter to Parm’s to set up a meeting.

The board turned down a request from town resident John Brickbauer for payment for cutting down his neighbor’s weeds after the neighbor did not do so.

“You can’t start doing something like that, there’d be no end to it,” Supervisor Jack Hanke said of Brickbauer’s request.

Supervisor Roger Rortvedt ageed, pointing out that many town residences are next door to farm fields and are subject to weeds being blown into their yards from those fields.

Luedke reported that all the blacktopping and road work in the town was completed on schedule.

The board rescheduled its January meeting to Wednesday, Jan. 2, as the first Tuesday of the month will be New Year’s Day.


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