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WANTED: Sewer plant operator for the village of Carrollton

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
FPS Reporter

The Monday Carrollton Council meeting was informative for members.

To the surprise of some members, council learned the village has been advertising and accepting resumes for the full time position of Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator.  According to Denny Roudebush, village administrator, the job has been advertised in newspapers and Starkjobs.com.  Primary duties listed include operating plant equipment to control flow and maintain the proper level of treatment; knowledge of waste water treatment plant operating procedures and chemistry and mechanical maintenance.  A class III waste water operator license is required and will include overtime as necessary.  The ad states applications are due by Sept. 20.   Roudebush told council he has already received nine resumes.  Council did not have to approve advertising because the position is an established position, not a newly created position.

The village needs a new operator because Mike Leslie retired from the position in August and the village does not have any employee who is a Class 3 certified operator.

Council also learned the water and sewer department supervisor position will probably no longer be a combined position.  During the meeting, officials noted it is rare for an employee to hold both water and sewer operator license.  Roudebush told The FPS, the employee responsible for running the new water treatment plant will be required to have a class II operator’s license.  Derik Kaltenbaugh, a water department foreman, has a class I license and is operating the current water treatment plant.  He is scheduled to take the class II test in the upcoming months.  Once the new water treatment plant is online, a class II license will be required.

Council passed emergency ordinances increasing the pay of two employees in the water and sewer department on an interim basis and compensating a water department employee for village use of a personal cell phone.

Kaltenbaugh and Keith Saunier, a sewer department employee, received a $1 an hour increase to compensate for temporarily assuming some of the operational duties of the superintendent in their respective departments. 

Kaltenbaugh will also be compensated $50 per month on an interim basis for village use of his personal cell phone.  Saunier has a village owned cell phone for monitoring the sewer plant.

In an unrelated matter, Washington Township Trustee Darrell Shafer distributed a proposed draft of the Washington Twp.-Carrollton Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) contract.  Village Solicitor Clark Battista said it is in the best interest of the village to seek outside council because a JEDD contract is a very specialized agreement.

Chris Oldham of Gateway Royalty visited council regarding purchasing a quarter interest in the village’s future gas and oil royalties.  Oldham said his company has received calls wanting clarification between royalty acres and surface acres.  He reiterated the company is only purchasing a quarter interest of the village’s 20 percent interest for 111 acres, not the full 277.5 acres the village owns.  Gateway is paying $5,000 an acre or $555,000, which the village plans to use for the purchase of a new fire truck.
Council also learned a parcel of village-owned land off Courtview Ave. is not included in any gas and oil leases.  Chesapeake told village officials they need the parcel in the unit for the well to be drilled on Carrollton Schools property and would like the village to sign a lease with them.  The parcel is less than half an acre.

In other business, council:
-LEARNED the lids on sewer lines in Kensington Greene have become an issue.  The lids are being taken to recycling centers and being rolled down streets.  Mayor Frank Leghart suggested checking on locks for the lids before welding.

- HEARD the Brenner Rd. waterline is complete but officials are not satisfied with the final project and plan to persue the issue further.

-SCHEDULED a public works committee meeting Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. with a safety and personnel committee meeting following at 6:30 p.m.

-GAVE permission for representatives of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church to travel from the church to the new building site on Courtview Ave. by horse and wagon Sept. 29 between 2-5 p.m.

-PASSED an ordinance increasing the inside and outside sewer rates as follows:  Jan. 1, 2014, total minimum bill inside the village up to 2,000 gallons, $27.50, outside $36.98; May 1, 2014, total minimum bill inside the village up to 2,000 gallons, $29, outside $39.15; and Sept. 1, 2014, total minimum bill inside the village up to 2,000 gallons, $30.50, outside $41.33.

-PAID bills totaling $162,771.15 for vendors and $62,185.98 for payroll.

-SET the next council meeting for Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

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