Sauk Village lays off emergency personnel

2014-02-25T22:40:00Z 2014-03-11T12:53:08Z Sauk Village lays off emergency personnelDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 25, 2014 10:40 pm  • 

SAUK VILLAGE | The Sauk Village Board approved the layoffs of two salaried emergency service personnel Tuesday.

One member of both the Police and Fire departments will be let go because of what Village President David Hanks called "financial challenges" facing the municipality.

"(I) have informed the board at numerous open board meetings that we were going to have to make some tough decisions as we approach 2014," Hanks said. "Just as in the corporate world, we as a municipality find that we must do more with less."

The measure was approved 4-2, with Trustees Derrick Burgess and Rosie Williams voting against it.

Hanks detailed the village's fiscal issues in his State of the Village address in December.

In that address, Hanks said Sauk Village was averaging three months behind payments to vendors, though that was a reduction from five months behind. He also said the village would be "working on ways to reduce increased debt and searching for ways to address that which has already occurred."

Hanks sent a letter to all village employees Feb. 18 explaining "restructuring efforts" would be starting.

Department heads will be providing "organizational announcements" and flow charts to their employees soon, Hanks said.

"I’d ask the same as I have asked of our employees, that we please be supportive of the employees and their families during this time of transition," Hanks said.

Sauk Village approved a line of credit of up to $500,000 in November for payroll and legal fees. It made similar moves in 2007 and 2008 and took out a promissory note in 2009.

The board also transferred $400,000 from its water fund last fall to make payroll.

"Rebuilding is not an easy task and will consist of restructuring, which has already started," Hanks read from a prepared statement Tuesday.

Hanks said Sauk Village could make more layoffs in the future, if necessary.

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