Thursday, October 15, 2009
Collins resigns at HSUD
By SUE WATSON
John Collins, general manager at the Holly Springs Utility Department since November 1, 2006, tendered his resignation during the board of aldermen meeting September 6.
Collins has accepted the post of general manager at Chickasaw Electric Cooperative in Fayette County, Tenn., an electricity distributor of about 16,000 customers.
Collins will be leaving HSUD in Holly Springs effective October 23.
After coming to replace the late Tom Boone as general manager, Collins went to work on several main tasks including:
Collins said the utility needs to continue employee training - the key to customer service and all the other elements of the industry.
Automated meter reading which was instituted on his watch, will also help provide timely information to customers on their energy use and bills, he said.
A third area that should be expanded is system maintenance to improve reliability of service, he said.
Collins said he completed work that was begun by others such as the Coldwater Substation installation in Mt. Pleasant, begun by public works director Don Hollingsworth.
“I appreciate the opportunity I was given to come here, and, hopefully, I have improved service to customers and put things in place to provide them better service,” Collins said last week.
Lorenzo Hall, who served 33 years with the city’s street department, also tendered his resignation last week. He was promised a retirement reception by mayor Andre’ DeBerry, who thanked him for his service to the city.
In other business the board of aldermen:
The board tabled a recommendation by Hollingsworth to contract with Elliott and Britt Engineering to do the engineering and design for construction of a water storage tank, drilling of a water well, construction of a water treatment plant and laying of 12-inch water mains to Highway 311 until the October 20 meeting.
Alderman Russell Johnson made the motion to table, saying the board needs time to study the project. Some aldermen seem particularly keen to know where the well and tower will be located.
Hollingsworth explained that engineers will have to draw up a separate contract to determine the optimal site for well construction through a series of test drillings.
“We have the geology reports and know how deep we need to go,” said Hollingsworth. “The well will be located somewhere along the bypass road.”
DeBerry said quotes to repair the stone column were sent to the Department of Archives and History which has now asked for photographs of the damages at the site.
After Bagley asked when the board would hear recommendations for filling of vacant positions in the department of building and grounds, DeBerry brushed the matter aside, saying the grass is growing slowly now and the department hasn't needed as many people.
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