STELLARTON – The Town of Stellarton has elected to hire a full-time operator for their water treatment plant.
At Monday’s meeting town council voted unanimously to create the position.
They will post the job once final details and expectations for the position have been finalized. The recommendation for a full-time employee came from the water committee meeting last week.
When addressing council, town engineer Tony Addis said if council wished to go through with the recommendation the water utility would advertise a Level 3 water treatment plant operator. He also added that they should hire a suitable candidate as soon as possible so they can be on site when the installation of the instrumentation for feeding coagulant is taking place.
The funds for this position will come out of the water commission budget according to Mayor Joe Gennoe. It’s unknown at this time what the salary of the position will be as the final job responsibilities and description have yet to be drawn up.
Coun. George Megeney asked Addis what they would do to cover problems that fall out outside the full-time operators expected hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Addis said they will continue to use the part-time operators like they have since 1988.
The plant has alarms that sound when there are issues, which alerts the operators so they can go to the plant to address the issue. There is someone on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Although council did unanimously approve the creation of the position, Addis did say that in visiting other plants he had encountered operators who “had their feet up on the desk” when he entered their control room. He also raised concerns about completely operating the plant remotely because operators can see and hear what issues there may be as opposed to reading a screen off-site.
There is no specific timeframe on when the position will be posted, but it’s expected once the details surrounding the position are set in stone it will be advertised as soon as possible.