Webster Co. sups authorize new human resource software

By JOE SUTTER

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A new system for handling county job applications was approved by the Webster County Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Human Resources Director Amy Porter explained why Insight, a product supplied by NEOGOV, was a good fit for the county’s needs.

“It is an online, web-based applicant tracking system,” Porter said. “Our hiring managers could automate the entire hiring process through this system. They can be screened according to certain qualifications, so they’re pre-screened for us.”

This will make the application process more consistent and streamline things, she said.

The system is online, so there are no updates to buy, no hardware and no software, she said. The company builds products specifically for the public sector, so this can meet the county’s needs better than other products.

Supervisor Clark Fletcher said the program will cost about $3,900 per year, with a $3,000 initial setup fee. The money is included in the next fiscal year’s budget. Porter said the system will become available in July.

The supervisors declared Feb. 28 as Rare Disease Day, in coordination with the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

Fletcher read the proclamation, explaining that rare diseases collectively affect almost 30 million Americans. Although some rare diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease are known to the public, most people and families affected by rare diseases bear a large share of the burden of funding research themselves, he said.

In response to a question from the public, the supervisors offered some clarification about the upcoming review of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

The review of the plan will be done later this summer, said Supervisor Merrill Leffler, and involve public input.

Fletcher said an outside company would be hired to help with the review, in part to make sure the plan is what the public wants. Money was put into next year’s budget for this purpose.

“It was felt by many parties, and the supervisors are one of them, that it was time to do an evaluation of the plan,” Fletcher said. “It involves public input, so we can see what items may need to be modified or tweaked.”

“We’re not creating a new plan. We’re just going through the old one and tweaking it,” said Supervisor Keith Dencklau.

“That policy is really supposed to be reviewed once a year, and we’ve gone since 2007, so it’s time for a review of the policy,” Leffler said.

The comprehensive plan is the foundation for the planning and zoning ordinances, Fletcher said.

“We think with the advancements in development at the ag park that there may need to be some language changes that pertain to that,” said Fletcher, “as well as other things.”

The supervisors also placed on file a manure management plan for Strobel Livestock Farms LLC, Finisher Farm in Section 32, Dayton Township; and a manure management plan update for Norwest Finisher in Section 7, Burnside Township.