The Freistatt Village Board met in special session recently to conduct final interviews for utility workers. Board trustees voted to hire two part-time people to replace water and wastewater operator Charles Stearns, who resigned.
Alan Obermann, of rural Freistatt, was hired for the water operator position. Obermann has worked full-time for the Monett Utilities Department since 2008. He has a DS2 license. Obermann was hired on a contract of $400 per month and will run the water system and read meters.
Donald Robertson, of Mt. Vernon, was hired as the wastewater operator. Robertson worked for the city of Mt. Vernon from 1975 to 2008 and has maintained his WW-A license, the highest wastewater certification. Robertson was hired at $300 per month.
The two hires combined matched the salary paid to Stearns, said Village Clerk Deborah Schoen. Both candidates wanted to work part-time. Obermann has expressed interest in finishing work on a wastewater license, and Robertson said he would like to earn a water operator's license. Both said they would like to back each other up in future situations where possible, Schoen said.
This will be the first time Freistatt has had two people working on water and sewer operations. Schoen said Obermann plans to stagger his work for Freistatt around his hours for the city of Monett. In emergencies, the village is still able to call on Keven Davis, the village marshal, to handle pressing repairs.