The fate of the vacant Oneida County Solid Waste Supervisor position is still up in the air as Human Resources Director Lisa Charbarneau continues to study the department.
Charbarneau informed the Oneida County Labor Relations/Employee Services Committee last week she is still in the process of completing an efficiency study and, therefore, had no information to report just yet.
""I've started the process," Charbarneau said. "I've interviewed some of the employees out at the Solid Waste Department. After our last meeting, Charlie (Evenhouse, Solid Waste director) and I set up a time study for him to complete - it's 15 minute intervals and he fills in what he's doing and we've got codes for what he's working on and things like that."
The study was not supposed to take long to complete but, as it turned out, Evenhouse had a vacation scheduled.
"Unfortunately, Charlie was in the office one day and then was off on vacation, so I don't have much data from him yet. We're working on it. The data is coming in, it's just coming in rather slowly," Charbarneau said.
The committee directed her to keep on it and to provide updates as the information comes in.
The issue of efficiency in the Solid Waste Department arose at a meeting last month when the committee was set to reduce the supervisor position to 80 percent and fill the vacancy.
Committee member Scott Holewinski spoke up before the vote and asked if the position could be reduced even further.
"Before I got on the committee, I took a trip to the (solid waste) facility to see what was going on and one of the complaints from one of the guys there was that ... (Charlie's) reading the paper and stuff," Holewinski said at the time. "So, when I look at this, I wonder how much of this (work) can we put on Charlie if he has time during the day to read the paper or go out for deliveries, or, there were a lot of things said. We've never really questioned that. We've never looked at a time study on what Charlie's doing out there. I'm wondering if we shouldn't hold off on this and have (Charbarneau) go out and talk to the workers out there and see how it can be better operated."
The committee agreed that a time study is warranted and directed Charbarneau to conduct the review. Evenhouse has said he has no issue with the Labor Relations Committee studying his productivity.
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