Saturday, February 16, 2008

what the bosses want...

County to dept. heads: ‘Freeze!’
By Sam Bhagwat
of the Valley Mirror

No green, no jobs.

With the money faucet tightening, Glenn County is now under a hiring freeze, adopted unanimously by the board of supervisors on Tuesday.

The freeze excepted binding job offers. Department heads who want an exception granted must plead their cases individually to the board.

The meeting ended at Tuesday at noon, with the hiring freeze effective at 5 p.m. No department heads took advantage of the five-hour window to extend job offers, though one offer was extended in the morning before the board acted, according to Personnel Director John Greco.

Despite concerns of planning and public works head Dan Obermeyer, the freeze applied to all jobs, including those not funded by the county’s general fund.

Odd wishlists for Washington

In other news, entrepreneurial teenagers scheming to get the best possible stuff for Christmas should start consulting with the supervisors — if honesty is no object.

The board entertained a slippery proposal to secure federal funding for a dispatch center and completing the Hamilton City J Levee. Letters requesting funding will be sent to Congressman Wally Herger and Senators Boxer and Feinstein.

A proposal was floated to have one letter list the dispatch center as the top priority and the levee as the second priority. The other letter would reverse the order.

Eventually, the idea was dismissed, and supervisors decided to frame the two as equal priorities in both letters.

“As much I appreciate [Administrative Officer David Shoemaker’s] thinking about crafting separate proposals,” said Supervisor Tracey Quarne, “I’m afraid of this becoming gamesmanship — how they’re going to perceive this versus that.”

Accounting dominoes

Also, Vietnam-era international relations theories were brought back in a more plausible setting: a dispute over accounting methods.

Kandi Manhart, manager of the county’s Resource Conservation District, requested to pull the RCD out of the county’s method of allocating funds, known as A-87. Under this system, districts and departments get paid for services two years after the fact; it’s the standard required by the federal government when grants are given.

The supervisors feared that granting Ms. Meinhart’s request would start a chain of dominoes, with other departments pleading for exemptions.

“We can’t unravel A-87,” said Supervisor Tom McGowan.

They voted 4-1 to deny Ms. Meinhart’s proposal; Mr. Quarne dissented.

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