Council decides to stick with PeopleService

Ryan Miller has been named the Operations Manager for PeopleService in Humboldt, succeeding A.J. Flurry, who has taken a job with the Humboldt County Development Association. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
The Humboldt City Council reviewed a proposed five-year renewal of the maintenance and management agreement with PeopleService of Omaha, NE for the operations and maintenance of the city’s water and wastewater facilities on Monday.
“We are not saying we are not happy with PeopleService performance for the city, but we are just doing due diligence to look at all options and see if there is a better alternative for the city,” Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken said of the contract review.
Under the agreement the city agrees to pay a base amount of $79,531 per year. If actual expenditures exceed the base amount, PeopleService agrees to provide invoice data for the amount of actual expenditures. The agreement will be adjusted on an annual basis by the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers (CPI-U). That figure is expected to be 2.0 to 2.3 percent this coming year.
“It’s not out of line,” Goedken said.
In the end, the three Council members in attendance, John Sleiter, Matt Dominick and Mike Worthington, indicated a preference to stay with PeopleService.
“I’ve been very happy with PeopleService. I know nothing of U.S. Water. I’m satisfied and pleased with the level of service and work we have been getting,” Sleiter said.
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