A part-time Public Works employee will be retained through the end of the calendar year, the Camanche City Council voted Tuesday evening.

Department Director Dave Rickertsen said that keeping additional help is necessary to catch up on several projects throughout town, as personnel may be busy with Washington Boulevard construction.

Councilman Eric Hosette said that he supported retaining the employee, as money would not have to be reallocated to pay wages. A mild winter created enough savings in salt expenditures alone to cover the cost of the employee’s wages, according to Rickertsen.

“It’s not like we’re taking money out of some area we need to fund this,” Hosette said.

The employee will work on numerous signs, fire hydrants and water main valves throughout the city, according to a letter sent to the council from Rickertsen. Much of this work is mandatory, the letter states, and as a part-time employee, his wages are lower than those of a full-time employee.

In other action, the council:

• Approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

The budget was previously approved following a public hearing earlier this month, but city officials realized that the budget as passed did not allow for the city to levy taxes on agricultural property.

This was rectified, and a second public hearing was held before the budget plan’s passing.

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