By Chris Clark, Confederate staff
At its regular committee of the whole meeting on Wednesday, May 23, Township of Southgate Council approved changes to positions within Environmental Services.
The municipality has opted to reinstate the position of Lead Hand – Waterworks and Roads for the Dundalk Depot. This vacancy position was created with the appointment of Water Operations Manager Jim Ellis to the position of Environmental Services Manager. The waterworks administrative duties of the Water Operations Manager will continue to be performed by Mr. Ellis.
The new Lead Hand for Waterworks and Roads will perform the day-to-day operation duties and supervision of three staff positions in the Waterworks/Transportation and Public Safety (TAPS) Dundalk Depot. The financial impact of the position, based on a minimum 40 hours per week, involves a salary range of approximately $52,000 to $64,000.
The Lead Hand will ensure that roads, other public infrastructure such as water and wastewater, and municipal property are maintained in a condition safe for public use. These duties will include assessing road conditions, taking action during disruptions of service, patrolling roads on a rotating basis, maintaining equipment and the works yard, and maintain water and sanitary sewer systems.
The Lead Hand will assist TAPS Manager Don VanAlstine and Environmental Services Manager Ellis in budget preparation, work scheduling and staff deployment; as well as supervise works staff in their daily activities to ensure safe work practices are maintained. The new position will also carry out work necessary for the maintenance of public works facilities and equipment. Mr. Ellis said he will be available to assist with the transition process following the hiring of the new Lead Hand.
In his report to council, Mr. Ellis said the water supply for the village of Dundalk remains adequate, however, low amounts of rainfall through the spring and summer months will “absolutely” mean a water conservation ban from June through September. Councillor Dale Pallister noted the April snowstorm and recent heavy rains replenished water levels in the immediate area.
“By the looks of the swamps and the beaver activity, we’ve been replenished,” said Coun. Pallister. “We have a mess in the country with beavers.”