June 8, 2023

City of Hurley Freeway Superintendent Mike Shultis. (Photograph by Dion Ogust)

The Hurley City Board has unanimously adopted an settlement with the city freeway division, ending at the very least for now an extended feud with freeway superintendent Mike Shultis.

The city board authorised the settlement initially submitted by Shultis. The $135,000 repairs portion of what’s often known as the 284 Settlement was eliminated and included into the paving portion within the model signed by the city board on Might 3. There had been considerations about undertaking prioritization. Shultis claims the city board just isn’t permitted to make modifications to the settlement.

Deputy supervisor Peter Humphries mentioned all questions had been cleared up throughout a gathering with freeway division officers on Might 16.

“It took lower than an hour for us to speak with the freeway [department], and that is all we’ve been asking for some time,” Humphries mentioned.

“Consider what we are able to accomplish after we’re collectively in individual,” supervisor Melinda McKnight mentioned.

“So it took lower than an hour …. We acquired nice explanations from his deputy John Wiacek and [working supervisor] Charlie O’Keefe. They’re incredible. and this might have occurred a very long time in the past,” Humphries mentioned.

Shultis had lashed out in response to the Might 3 modifications. “This board has gone rogue and determined to politicize the freeway division for their very own private agenda to the detriment of taxpayers,” he mentioned on the time. “The losers are the freeway crew, that are one of the best any superintendent might ask for and work exhausting every day. The supervisor is holding them hostage with these foolish political ways in an election yr.”

Shultis mentioned the city board’s refusal to signal the settlement as submitted had introduced a halt to all restore work and brush pickup as of Might 1.

Hurley public info officer Jeremy Schiffres responded to Shultis’ claims.

“No cash wanted for repairs made by the freeway division is being withheld, and the superintendent is absolutely conscious that paving initiatives will likely be thought-about — and sure authorised — individually as they change into mandatory,” Schiffres mentioned. “The one factor holding up repairs and different non-paving work at this level is the superintendent not signing the settlement authorised by the city board on Wednesday, Might 3.”

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