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The Times
  • Manheim officials: Layoffs save money; how much is uncertain

  • The Manheim Town Council about a month ago voted to lay off three full-time Highway Department employees, hoping to save money.

    Officials, however, are not sure how much money is being saved.

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  • The Manheim Town Council about a month ago voted to lay off three full-time Highway Department employees, hoping to save money.
    Officials, however, are not sure how much money is being saved.
    The highway superintendent and town supervisor said they were not sure how much the employees’ salaries were, but indicated the savings could help boost the road maintenance budget next year.
    Calls to the town clerk were not returned.
    “(The highway superintendent) hasn’t had an increase in his road repair budget in two or three years,” town Supervisor John Haughton said. “Next year, we’ll have more.”
    Highway Superintendent Carl Stallman said in recent years he has had to work with a $27,000 budget specifically for road repairs. With 14 miles of town roads to manage and costs of asphalt and other supplies going up, Stallman said it’s difficult to maintain those roads with the available money.
    “One mile of road for oil and stoning costs $15,000,” he said. “We got a road we had to pull the shoulders up and I would like to do rehab on it, but there’s not enough money in the budget.”
    While work done after the winter season was completed early, Stallman said more roads were damaged because of it. “We’ve got to keep the roads up,” he said. “Anything we can save we can put back in the road budget.”
    Haughton indicated truck maintenance and all necessary spring road work was completed early on.
    Haughton and Stallman both noted deciding on layoffs was not an easy decision, but it is an issue Haughton said many municipalities are facing.
    “In order to meet the two percent cap and still be able to provide the taxpayers with the services they want, we decided to try (the layoff),” he said. “They will be called back as soon as the highway superintendent feels that he needs them called back.”
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