TOWN OF LEE — The town has extended the application deadline for its vacant water district supervisor position, after being unable to find a candidate who meets qualifications.
The Town Board reviewed the search process during its meeting Tuesday night.
Among other items, the board agreed to provide $6,100 for Little League baseball field improvements; approved a $6,100 contract for town park custodial services; and authorized creating a new position title in the town highway department.
• Advertising for the water district supervisor job was re-posted last week with a deadline of Friday this week, “because we don’t have what we were looking for” in candidates, said Lee Supervisor John Urtz.
The town’s initial listing of the position opening with a Feb. 23 deadline drew one applicant whose operator’s license for a water system was only a Class C license, said Urtz; the position requires at least a Class D operator’s license certified by the state Department of Health.
The job has been vacant since the Dec. 29 resignation/retirement of David Piersall, who held it as a part-time position. The town’s water system is now operating under the City of Rome’s Class D water operator license on an interim basis.
When asked after the meeting whether the town might instead seek the City of Rome’s assistance long-term, Urtz said “I’d like to have our own person if we can possibly get them.” He added the town will “eventually need a full-time operator....very soon” because of upcoming requirements for water meters, plus efforts to complete a digital mapping system that includes town water system locations.
Urtz said he wold “not abandon the idea” of seeking a water district supervisor if no viable candidates result from the latest job posting. At least one application so far is expected to be submitted, Town Clerk Sharon Mortis said Thursday.
• The $6,100 contribution for the Town of Lee Little League organization was for materials for improvements at the main Little League baseball field at the town park, said Urtz; the work included replacement of fencing.
The town last year had agreed to a $5,000 contribution, but did not forward a payment because the fencing work was done “late in the season” and the organization did not provide all of the necessary documentation until this year, Urtz noted. The newly approved $6,100 contribution will “cover the cost of materials” fully, he commented.
• The $6,100 town park custodial services contract was again awarded to Wright’s Lawncare of Taberg, at a price that was “exactly what he bid last year,” Mortis observed. It was the only bid received.
The contract, from April 1 through Oct. 31 this year, includes such functions as daily maintenance of three restroom facilities at the park, plus opening and closing the roadway entrance gate to the park, said Urtz.
• A light motor equipment operator (MEO) position title was created for the town highway department. The approval followed an approximately 40-minute closed executive session to discuss personal matters.
The designation is geared to help an employee advance from a permanent laborer position and be trained to move beyond a light MEO to a full MEO position which can include using large plows and trucks, Urtz explained.
The highway department currently has four MEOs and one seasonal laborer, he said, adding that it previously had five MEOs prior to some retirements.
It may take a few months before the town “seeks to put somebody in” as a light MEO, said Urtz. The position must be coordinated with the county including Civil Service requirements, he remarked.