Merger Fails

A merger of zoning and land conservation services into a Buffalo County Land Resources Department may be dissolved.
 A two-year experiment of combining zoning and land conservation departments under the direction of two committees and a land resources manager created more weaknesses than strengths.

That was the finding of a joint committee meeting of zoning and land conservation supervisors Monday

Common themes raised during an open discussion were clearly weighted in opposition to keeping the departments merged under a heading of land resources.

Conservation technician Tom Schultz said the land conservation department lost its identity and was placed on the back burner after combining departments.
The joint committee planned to meet again on July 14th to take action on a proposed plan to separate zoning and land conservation and look at pay scales and job descriptions.

A solid consensus of opinion Monday was to eliminate the position of land resources director and employ a zoning administrator and land conservationist.

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