GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commission met for a special meeting Tuesday and discussed concerns with an ongoing culvert replacement project on Airport Road as well as the changing of maintenance worker titles.
According to information presented at the meeting, Gallipolis Maintenance Department Head Dave Walters asked the city to consider changes in employee titles.
“Turns out we have a lot more crew leaders than we really need as people have left and not been replaced,” reported City Tax Officer Ronnie Lynch, standing in for City Manager Gene Green who arrived slightly later to the meeting. “This change will allow us to just have one crew leader and the rest will just be classified as maintenance employees so they can work in different areas as a supervisor needs them to. It’s something we’re trying to streamline a bit.”
“What happens is back when they had the union, they kind of carried forth with crew leaders, backhoe operators and plumbers,” said Greene. “What’s happened is now we’re down to seven, eight, nine maintenance people and Dave will call one and he’ll say ‘Well I’m a crew leader, that’s not my job.’ Well, we don’t have a union anymore so…in order to make everything even, we’re going back to one crew leader and everyone else is just a general maintenance worker. So he can use them wherever (Walters) wants them. If he wants to pull a guy off the water department and put him in the cemetery or the park, we can do that.”
Commissioner Beau Sang asked if there would be changes in compensation. Greene said city administration may pay a little more for those looking to get a CDL license as more incentive to acquire one. City Clerk Annette Landers said some other employees may see an increase as well in pay as job duties were consolidated. Commissioners approved the measure.
“(Airport Road) will be closed and I think it will remain closed until (Oct. 20),” said Greene. “That’s to replace the 60 inch culvert that goes through there and drains everything north of Airport Road. That’s been something we’ve been trying to get taken care of for quite some time. “
Landers said the city had available money to cover $7,500 to clean a ditch in connection with drainage in the area from other available line items.
Among other issues, the city received annual grant funding from Volunteer Energy Services which has been utilized in the past for grant matches on other major city improvement projects. The City Park Bandstand repairs are reportedly three-quarters completed.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.