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Debate flares over outside contracts

A Carlton County board meeting flared hot Tuesday, when commissioner Tom Proulx and county staff squared off over the use of contracted social work.

Despite a 4-1 vote affirming the use of contracted social workers to address a surge in disability services and long-term elder care cases, the preceding debate stirred tensions at a time of union contract negotiations.

Proulx first squared off with public health and human services director David Lee over the issue.

“What would happen if we said no?” asked Proulx.

“I would have to come back and ask for probably two additional staff,” Lee said.


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