Salineville BPA closer to finding operator

SALINEVILLE – Salineville Board of Public Affairs members may be one step closer to finding an operator for their sewage treatment facility.

The facility has been without a true full time operator since June 2012 when the last operator quit. Since then various village employees have been filling in to operate the facility.

The EPA has been aware of the situation for some time now and is reportedly “monitoring” the situation according to various village officials.

A previous candidate recently declined the job offer telling the board that he could not balance his full time operator job with the part time position at the village facility.

BPA president Jim Brammer reported that he made contact with an operator who works full time with the city of Youngstown. That operator told Brammer he was not interested in the position however he referred him to a friend who was also an operator who might be interested in the job.

This operator is a class 3 operator from the Canfield area and retired from the Mahoning County Sanitation Department. Both operators had seen advertisements for the position, so they decided to contact the EPA to get a sense for Salineville’s facility, according to Brammer.

“We pretty much have a clean slate,” said Brammer of the operator’s report from the EPA. “The EPA told the man that we’ve got a good system, it’s up and running but it needs a little bit of updating, which we are aware of,” added Brammer.

Board members were relieved to hear that the EPA gave the facility a good review, noting that its hard to hire an operator for a plant with many problems.

The operator toured the village sewage treatment plant Saturday with BPA members. Board member Bud Taggert reported that the operator found both good and bad aspects to the facility but overall “seemed interested” in the position.

The board must now wait for the operator candidate to turn in a quote for detailing his desired pay before they can move forward.

In other board business:

* Bridget Roberts turned in a letter of resignation stating that she was leaving her position on the board due to personal reasons.

*BPA continues efforts to collect sewage bills. Mayor Mary Smith noted that residents who believe their bill to be incorrect should contact sewer billing clerk Kayla Taggart as soon as possible. She added that while the sewer billing clerk cannot make changes to the bill herself, getting the bill to her quicker allows for more time for it to come before the board.