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Thorsby explores plan for grass cutting

It is that time of year when the grass starts growing at a rapid rate, and it forces municipalities to devise a plan of attack for the summer months.

This was the primary discussion during the Thorsby Town Council’s meeting on April 15.

“Grass cutting season’s here, and I don’t have enough men to do it all,” public works director Terry Jackson said.

Jackson is in search of help, but the majority of applications he has received are asking for more than the town’s current policy of $9 an hour to start.

“I’ve got some good applicants,” Jackson said.

According to Jackson, at the moment one person cannot be assigned just to cut grass because there are other job-related tasks that have to be handled as well.

What makes it even more difficult is the fact that the town is down two full-time employees.

“We may need to look at our [town’s] salaries and adjust them,” Councilman Neil Benson said.

According to Mayor Robert Hight, it has been about 12 years since the town’s pay scale has been updated. The town is in the process of developing a new pay scale for the future.

However, one of the scenarios raised was if two new employees are hired at a higher rate, the current employees would have to be increased as well.

The grass-cutting duties include weekly care to Richard Wood Park, Thorsby Memorial Cemetery and Thorsby Scandinavian Cemetery.

The Council agreed to look into the situation and bring it up again at the next meeting on May 6 at 6 p.m.

The Council also approved the minutes from the April 8 meeting and to pay the bills and transfer the funds.