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Dreblow’s retirement sparks DPW merger talks PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 21:00

Ozaukee, Washington counties consider joint public works department as director prepares to leave

   Longtime Ozaukee County Highway Commissioner and Public Works Director Bob Dreblow is retiring at the end of the year, and officials see his departure as an opportunity to merge one of the county’s most visible departments with its counterpart in neighboring Washington County.

    County Administrator Tom Meaux announced Dreblow’s retirement last week when presenting his proposed 2016 budget that includes only partial funding for a public works director salary based on the assumption the two counties will share a director.

    But whether a cooperative venture would  be limited to a shared director or result in a single department serving two counties will be the topic of negotiations between the counties, Ozaukee officials said.

    “To start out with, we’re talking about joining our leadership, but there may be opportunities to share equipment and more,” County Board Chairman Lee Schlenvogt said.

    Dreblow said, “Everything is open for discussion. You might share a commissioner or merge the two departments and have one highway commissioner and one highway committee for two counties.”

    Schlenvogt noted that earlier this month the County Board approved a merger of the Ozaukee and Washington County health departments beginning next year. The merger is projected to save Ozaukee County $67,000 and Washington County $233,000 annually.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 21:03
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