Consolidation will mean a new public works department and some job cuts in the city of Eldon. The city has announced that they will be cutting six full time positions and consolidating water, wastewater, streets, and ground maintenance into one department.
Steve Johnson, the current superintendent of the water department has been chosen to lead the newly created public works department which will begin operations on Monday.
City Administrator Frank Schoneboom said in a statement that it is always difficult to conduct a reduction in force but the city has done its best to treat people fairly. Schoneboom says the reason for the consolidation is that the city cannot sustain services as they have historically and with the reorganization the city will improve the taxpayer’s value.