Water district delays creating position

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 24, 2012

East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply Distrct board officers, McCune, Meyer, Lomonaco

Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison
New board officers for the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District are (from left) president Harry McCune, treasurer Carol Meyer, secretary Joe Lomonaco and vice president Richard Watkins (not pictured).

By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Following the approval of some regular business items, the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District directors again discussed creating a new position of assistant general manager at their regular meeting Nov. 19.
After a lengthy discussion at last month’s regular meeting, board members postponed making a decision on the position.
Board president Harry McCune is the driving force behind creating a second-in-command for a succession plan for the district.
“This puts us in a position to have someone in place if something happens to Bill (Goheen),” McCune explained.
District general manager Bill Goheen prepared and sent a job description, recommendation and an organizational chart to board members in their packets for the meeting.
“This gives a person the opportunity to step up,” McCune said.
“We need one person to make decisions,” member Carol Meyer said.
“Angie (office manager) does a great job on the administration side but my concern is the operation’s side. Assistant general manager is a big step,” she added.
“We are asking for an acting general manager and chief wastewater position. That is one person trying to hold down two positions and have administration report to him,” Meyer explained.
“If we are going to do something, I want to give it more thought,” Meyer added. Board member Helen Tiffery agreed.
Questions were raised about the financial impact of the position, education, work experience and licensing requirements for the candidate and the interaction of the position with administration.
The board finally agreed to form a committee to develop and review a succession plan with an organizational chart and report by March 1, 2013.
The board also heard that the online payment system is working.
“We have started taking payments online and should see a big increase with our next mailout to customers,” office manager Angie Crowsey reported.
Meyer also questioned a wastewater non-compliance issue in the operations report.
“We had some heavy rain in October, and we were full and had to shut down the treatment and do it manually. When rainwater occurs we must take regular samples, which are reportable,” Goheen explained. “We may have a penalty.”
Board member Joe Lomonaco questioned the deadline replacement of the Lift Station No. 3 replacement.
“We are further behind than where we expected them to be at this time,” KSA engineer Scott Hoelzle agreed.
In other business, members:
• approved the Oct. 17, regular meeting minutes with corrections, noted by Meyer,
• approved the Consent Agenda items,
• approved funds not to exceed $25,800 for the purchase and replacement of the media for the McKay Filter Replacement Project,
• agreed to purchase of a back hoe, not to exceed $35,000.
“We are saving money by purchasing through the co-op,” Goheen explained. “We will also sell the old back hoe.”
• approved $25 holiday gift certificates for employees,
• approved $2,645 to upsize a three inch line to a six inch line under a culvert in Southwood Shores,
• approved the transfer of $750 to pay the bond debt payment to the Bank of New York Mellon,
• heard personnel, operations and finance committee reports,
• swore in new unopposed board member candidates Meyer, McCune and Ted H. Bayless,
• elected new 2012-13 board officers, president McCune, vice president Richard Watkins, treasurer Meyer and secretary Joe Lomonaco,
• received Helen Tiffery’s resignation letter effective Dec. 31,
• appointed standing committees and
• approved updating bank account and certificate of deposits signature cards.