Lack of manpower creating backlog
Operating short handed, the Village of Byesville is experiencing a back-log of projects.
During the last Byesville Council meeting on May 13, council and Mayor Ray Watson found themselves at odds over the position of Water Superintendent. The position held by Chuck Harmon, who was put on administrative leave.
Council accused Harmon of "not doing his job", specifically failure to correct the village's discolored water problem, illegal dumping of sludge from the plant, forgery of documents and neglect of water plant maintenance.
Mayor Ray Watson, who is responsible for hiring and firing of village employees, refused to fire Harmon, forcing council to take matters into their own hands by approving an ordinance abolishing the position of Water Superintendent. Mayor Watson continued to defend Harmon by refusing to sign the ordinance, which will take effect without the mayor's signature.
During tonight's meeting, the personnel shortage continues to cause problems. With the Water Dept down two full time employees, and other employee shortages, this has caused a number of projects around the village to be delayed due to the lack of manpower. It was pointed out that crews from the Street Dept , Sewer and Water Treatment Plants have all been working together in an effort to take care of the back-log, but additional employees are needed.
One position was filled tonight, as with approval of Mayor Watson, Kendal Weisend was hired as a Class III water treatment plant operator. The sentiment among village employees attending the meeting was that one hiring was "great" but more help is needed. Council also complimented the employees on their willingness to work together to serve the village, despite the low manpower issues.
At the conclusion of Wednesday night's meeting, council retired behind closed doors for an executive session, presumably to discuss related personnel items.
In other matters, it was reported that the water treatment plant's membrane filtration system is on line. Village employees and officials from the filter company are working to adjust the system. Already village officials have been receiving compliments in the improved condition of the water.
The village continues to advertise for bids for lease of the former waste water treatment plant. Deadline is June 18.
Counci members discussed complaints of property maintenance issues and noise at a home on Euclid Ave. Officials will investigate and take action as indicated.
Much discussion revolved around drainage issues around the village. It was noted that many culverts need cleaned and upgraded. Residents are asked to clear weeds, grass and anything blocking culverts near their home if possible. If unable or if someone sees a drainage issue, residents are asked to call Village Hall.
The entire storm sewer drainage system was also a topic during tonight's council meeting. It was pointed out that much of the storm sewer lines all essentially empty into one large box culvert in the area of 4th and Main Streets. At times, during heavy rain, the run off overwhelms the system, causing flooding. Long time residents note that after renovations, the area does drain much faster than in the past. Officials feel that the problem will never be solved until some drainage lines can be rerouted.
Along the topic of storm drains. Byesville residents are reminded that by ordinance, grass clippings are not be blown into the street. Grass tends to clog the culverts and drainage lines.
And, a traffic note, as council approved erecting "No Truck" signs on North 9th, 10th and 11th Streets. Traffic into an area plant has caused issues..