Letter: Privatizing is not good for the county by Greg Pence
Oneida County’s Forestry Department is in the process of contracting out the grooming of our cross country ski trails. I understand they are giving thousands of dollars and county equipment worth thousands of dollars to the Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA). The agreement was approved at the committee level and by the full county board on Aug. 21.
Privatizing I guess is the way our county board has decided to go. They claim it’s to save the taxpayers money. Maybe short term, but not long term…and most of the time not even short term. I guess they’re slipping things through now without public input because they hold meetings during the day when everyone is working.
I am sure this is a good group of volunteers, but because of this agreement a union person is losing his job. Welcome to Walkerville. This county board doesn’t care about the people that work for them. They have cut the hours of the workers, and I’m sure they plan on bringing in lower paid workers so they don’t have to pay overtime.
Remember, you get what you pay for. Our county workers take pride in the work they do, and always have. Call your board members and tell them no more privatizing.
Greg Pence, Rhinelander
President, Local 1226 City of Rhinelander