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Lincolnshire lays off 4 staffers
By Russell Lissau | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 1/12/2010 4:41 PM

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Four Lincolnshire village workers from various departments were laid off this month, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Combined with the administration's decision not to fill two other vacant positions, the moves should save the village about $300,000 annually, Village Manager Bob Irvin said.

The village board approved the staff cuts in December when it passed a roughly $20 million budget for the new fiscal year, which began Jan. 1.

Laid off were:

•A full-time building maintenance worker.

•A full-time village forester

•A part-time recreation associate.

•An administrative clerk.

Additionally, a part-time police dispatching post and a full-time engineering inspection post that were vacated in 2009 won't be filled, Irvin said.

No future layoffs are planned, he said.

Remaining workers in the various affected departments will take on the former workers' responsibilities to lessen the impact on residents, he said.

"We are making some modifications to keep (service disruptions) to a minimum," Irvin said.

The village has taken other cost-saving steps, too. For example, the village newsletter has gone from monthly to quarterly, which will save on manpower, paper and postage, Irvin said.

Many Lake County governmental agencies have let workers go in the last two years because of the recession and slipping revenues. Mundelein, Wauconda, Fox Lake and Antioch are among the towns that have instituted layoffs, as has Lake County itself.