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Breitung shifts police from 12-hour to 8-hour shifts

Stephanie Ukkola
Posted 1/8/21

BREITUNG- The Breitung Town Board, at their December meeting, changed the police schedule, effective Jan. 1, 2021, from 12-hour to 8-hour workdays. The board decided to change the leave structure …

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Breitung shifts police from 12-hour to 8-hour shifts

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BREITUNG- The Breitung Town Board, at their Dec. ??? meeting, changed the police schedule, effective Jan. 1, 2021, from 12-hour to 8-hour workdays. The board decided to change the leave structure after realizing the contract stated that leave time is defined as and earned as a scheduled day. By changing the schedule to 8-hour days the township has to pay for four hours less. This change applies to holidays, personal days, funeral leave, and sick leave. 

The police department’s past 12-hour shifts put a strain on the township’s sick-day reserve account. The town board doubled the account’s funds, now at $26,108, to honor the sick time that had already been earned on 12-hour days.

The board voted that the Breitung offices and buildings would remain closed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until the end of January. The warming shack at the ice rink is the only exception but will still follow strict safety guidelines including limited capacity. 

Greg Dostert, board supervisor in charge of township recreation, said that Chimpy's parties could be held every other weekend so long as food is served outside and the rink’s COVID-19 safety precautions are followed.

Filings are now open for a two-year treasurer term and a three-year supervisor term. Call the township at 218-752-6020 to file. Filing closes Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 26 at noon

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