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PLATTSMOUTH – The new Public Works Director for Plattsmouth will begin his duties on Jan. 18.

The City Council on Monday evening approved Mayor Paul Lambert’s recommendation of Neil Frodermann of Fulda, Minn., to replace Gary Hellwig, who resigned that position in mid-October to take another job.

Frodermann, who was selected from between 20 to 30 applicants, has been superintendent of Public Works in that Minnesota town for several years.

“I think we made a good hire,” said City Administrator Erv Portis.

Lambert agreed.

“We like the traits he brings to us,” he said. “I believe Neil will do an excellent job.”

Among his duties over the years in Fulda, Frodermann oversaw its water and wastewater systems, as well as the maintenance of streets, buildings and grounds. Besides having regular interaction with Fulda’s city council on Public Works issues, Frodermann also did monthly and annual compliance reporting with Minnesota regulatory agencies.

He holds numerous job-related licenses and certificates.

In his written recommendation to the council, Lambert said he was comfortable with Frodermann’s qualities.

“He communicates very well, expresses and shows concern for employees in a teaching capacity,” Lambert said.

Frodermann was at the council meeting, but had to leave after the vote to return to his hometown.

He did say, however, that moving to Nebraska was a homecoming of sorts.

“I have relations in Kearney and Minden and I frequently travel there,” Frodermann said.

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