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  • County talks early retirement for employees

  • Crawford County commissioners discussed possible early retirement options for county employees during their Tuesday meeting.

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  • Crawford County commissioners discussed possible early retirement options for county employees during their Tuesday meeting.
    In a 2010 resolution, the commission offered employees who are 62 with at least 10 service points the option to retire early while maintaining the same insurance coverage they had until they reached the age of 65.
    “This could be single or family insurance,” noted commissioner Linda Grilz. “The employee would not be able to add anybody to their coverage.”
    However, they could drop people from coverage, for example in case of divorce or the death of a spouse.
    The issue is, will this option save the county any money?
    “You could put the bar at age 63, but to be KPERS eligible, they have to be at least 62,” said Don Pyle, county clerk.
    Grilz questioned how vacancies should be handled when employees do retire early.
    “If all the vacancies are replaced, are we helping ourselves?” she asked. “Those new employees would have to come in at entry level. That’s where we would garner the benefit.”
    Commissioners scheduled a work session at 9 a.m. Friday to further discuss the issue.
    They also heard from Ron Albertini, county surveyor, who reported that Westar Energy wants to extend a power line on Fifth Street in Franklin where a new house is being built.
    “I did some research with the Kansas Department of Transportation and looked at guidelines for accommodating utilities,” the surveyor said. “The recommendation is to have a clear zone of seven to 10 feet, but a couple of poles in the area were within 2 1/2 feet of asphalt. I think we should keep to the guidelines.”
    Albertini added that the road is very meandering and some poles are in the ditch line.
    “I want a clear zone of 11 1/2 feet,” he said. “A gentleman farming in the area told Westar that he doesn’t want any power lines. He’s farming in a ditch, probably.”
    Commissioners agreed that guidelines needed to be followed
    “The issue in Franklin is that roads need to be worked on, but some roads are paths without room for two cars to pass each other,” Grilz said. “With the sewer in now there could be more development in that area.”
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