MOUNT VERNON — Concerned residents of Liberty Township met with township trustees Wednesday night to continue discussion as to whether or not the township should eliminate its full-time road maintenance position.
About 40 residents showed up to voice their concerns. Opinion was about evenly divided over whether it should just be a business decision of dollars and cents or whether the quality of work being done by the worker was worth the money.
“This really needs to be a business decision,” said Bev Morehouse. “But I have been pleased with the plowing. I appreciate you guys exploring the options of saving money. Whether you decide about [this] job or not, I think the decision needs to be made one way or the other. But it needs to be a business decision not a personal decision.”
“This is a business,” added Ron Adams. “What we need to see is what our costs are that goes into the business and how much comes out of it. This is about a man’s job and no one wants to see a man lose his job.”
John Short voiced appreciation for the work the current road worker performs.
“It’s been a lot better now,” he said. “The roads are in a lot better shape. He’s been doing a great job and I think we should keep him on.”
Many others said they think the worker in that position does a fantastic job and should be kept on full time and savings found in other areas.