SALINEVILLE-After being without a true class 2 operator for their sewage treatment plant since June 2012 the village of Salineville will finally have a certified operator to run their facility again.
At Monday night's Board of Public Affairs meeting president Jim Brammer announced that the long search for an operator has finally ended. The BPA motioned to approve a contract with operator Joe DeNiro of Canfield. DeNiro runs his own water and waste water treatment company called DeNiro Environmental Service. He is a class 4 operator whereas the village only requires a class 2 operator, making him extra qualified for the job. "It's above and beyond what we need but that's ok," said BPA president Jim Brammer.
The Board of Public Affairs has agreed to pay $30 an hour for 20 hours per week, which works out to $2400 per month. According to the contract, time spent by the operator and on emergencies, correspondence with the EPA, and meeting with the village officials will be deducted from the 20 hour per week allowance.
The contract between the village and DeNiro specifies that he will not be an employee of the village and instead will be considered an independent consultant and contractor who strictly oversees the sewage treatment facility. The contract also states that after 90 days if either the village or operator wish to end the contract they may. At this time the village and DeNiro may also enter into a contract for another year if they wish.
If the operator wishes to end the contract after the initial 90 day period he must give the village another 90 days to acquire another operator. Brammer explained that because DeNiro runs his own company he has the option of sending other operators to the plant under circumstances in which he himself cannot make it. Brammer added that all of DeNiro's employees are class 2 or better operators so there should be no problems.
Since the last certified sewage treatment operator quit in June of last year the village has been forced to use several village employees to fill in to manage the operation of the plant. The EPA has been closely monitoring the situation and even sent officials to tour the plant on February 1st according to BPA members. The board stated the EPA will be informed that an operator has been found.
In other BPA business:
The board reminded sewage customers that bills must be paid soon. They issued this statement: "Everyone has 30 days to pay your portion of the bill as a result of the adjustments from the lawsuit in full. If you need to you may set up a payment plan which allows you 90 days to pay the Buckeye portion of the bill. You must pay and keep your current your current billing while paying on the Buckeye balance. If you do not keep the current bill current while paying on the Buckeye portion, we are authorized to shut them off. Billing Clerks hours are Tuesday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.