2012-07-05 / Front Page

Spencer Council Accepts Edwards’ Resignation As Superintendent Of Town Waste Water Treatment Plant

Sidewalk Corners At Market & Montgomery Will Soon Be Replaced
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

Circumstances remained unclear Monday evening when the Spencer Town Council voted 2-0 to accept the resignation of Spencer Waste Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Shelley Edwards. The 30-year veteran of the town’s sewer department noted that his resignation was in part due to an agreement between he and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Council members Cynthia Hyde and Jon Stantz, in the absence of councilman Dean Bruce, did provide Edwards the opportunity to remain with the town’s waste water treatment plant as a maintenance worker. Edwards will maintain all benefits, but his salary was reduced significantly. He accepted the demotion and went on to explain the need for equipment replacement.

The council agreed with Edwards’ recommendation to contract with BBC at a cost of $1,500 to repair a sludge pump at the treatment plant.

The council also voted 2-0 to accept Edwards’ replacement, John Hodge, as a temporary, part-time operator. Hodge is a class-four operator and will serve in the capacity for up to 90 days at a wage of $23.92 per hour.

The town will soon begin searching for a full-time replacement, seeking a candidate with at least a class two operator’s license.

The council also voted 2-0 to approve two pool adjustment requests by town residents.

In street department business, the council voted 2-0 to contract with JL Benton Contracting to install three new ADA accessible sidewalk corners at the intersection of Market and Montgomery streets. The corners are to the northwest, northeast and southwest.

The council also discussed with street department superintendent Larry Parrish the advertising of an open position within his department. The town will begin searching for a street laborer and truck driver with CDL credentials at a pay rate of between $14 and $17 per hour.

In public issues, the council listened to a request from Owen County Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Denise Shaw regarding the need to appoint two representatives to a committee to oversee the expansion of the town’s waste water treatment facilities out to the new State Road 43 industrial corridor. The council said they would discuss appointments once councilman Bruce returned.

The council later voted 2-0 to grant an event request for the annual Indiana State H.O.G. Rally, partially held inside McCormick’s Creek State Park. The council’s vote included closing portions of Main and Market streets in Spencer around the county courthouse square on Sunday, August 26 to allow for a gathering of motorcycles downtown.

In building department news, the council learned of $4,900.80 in revenue the town’s building activities generated during the month of June. The council voted 2-0 to transfer a digital camera and laptop computer previously purchased for the town building inspector to the town/county building department.

Spencer Town Marshal Rich Foutch later informed the council that new digital radios have been installed in all squad cars and that his department is in the process of going to the new digital format.

Lastly, the council accepted the recent recommendation of the Owen Valley Fire Territory Board to appoint Pat Day to the board.

The Spencer Town Council will meet again on Monday, July 16, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Spencer Municipal Building, located at 90 North West Street.

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