Thursday, Decemeber 10, 2009
HSUD manager search in works
By SUE WATSON
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry laid out a process he thinks will work to find the right general manager for the Holly Springs Utility Department, apparently seeking to avoid a similar conflict with the board of aldermen over hiring of the last general manager.
He said there are 11 applicants so far in hand since the application process was closed Friday, Nov. 20. He wants a general manager in place as early in January as possible.
The applications are to be reviewed by experts with the Tennessee Valley Authority who are experienced in working with utility managers and can assess the applications to see if the candidates meet the requirements.
“When you go into a technical position, you have to have some knowledge base as well as a business background,” DeBerry said.
The mayor said he will conduct telephone interviews with applicants beginning Friday, Dec. 4, to get a feel of their salary requirements and put notes in the record.
“So, we will know all the applicants?” said alderman Russell Johnson.
“Yes, you can look at the applications,” said DeBerry.
“I’d be interested in knowing who all is applying,” said Johnson.
“I would like to have a list - just curious,” said alderman Garrie Colhoun.
DeBerry said he wants TVA to help find someone who meets the minimum qualifications at least.
“We will see faces and names at the interview?” Colhoun asked.
The discussion concluded, and the board of aldermen unanimously approved the application screening process suggested by the mayor.
The board heard several matters presented by public works director Don Hollingsworth with the help of engineering consultant Larry Britt.
The board approved a change order for Union Construction Co. to stop erosion of sand into a drain pipe at the intersection of Mary Rahe Drive and West Boundary Extended. The cost to apply riprap and concrete paving in the ditch is estimated to run just over $15,000. The board approved the measure.
Britt indicated that considerable savings on construction monies from the West Boundary Extension and Mary Rahe Drive construction is expected. An estimated $100,000 or more can be applied to future projects, he said. He added that West Boundary Extension is not open to traffic and it will take several weeks to get striping down and grass seeding on the slopes before the contractor will be able to release the road to the city. DeBerry said he wants to have an official opening ceremony of the street as soon as possible.
The board of aldermen approved the low bid of about $13,000 from Enscor of Arlington, Tenn., for work on Rolfing Road and West Street projects. Then the board approved a contract with Elliott and Britt to do the engineering work on the Marianna Road water extension project.
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