Council approves updates for wastewater job description

Heflin

Moulton City Council approved an update for a job description within the Moulton Wastewater Department following recommendations from Wastewater Superintendent Mark Heflin.

In its regular meeting on Monday, Heflin told the Council his department had received an application for a grade three wastewater operator who has already been certified for the position.

“I’ve never had an applicant who was already certified apply in the 30 years since I’ve been with the plant,” Heflin said.

When similar positions have been filled in the past, Heflin said new hires have had to train internally and achieve certification after the hiring process.

Mayor Roger Weatherwax said the grade three position had not been updated since December of 2004. He said the new job description would also include a salary increase from the grade six pay scale to a grade eight for new hires who were fully trained and certified.

Heflin told the Council that the applicant in question also had three years of experience with Decatur Utilities.

“If I work six to seven more years, he’d have to wait that long for a raise,” Heflin said. “I thought, that’s just not acceptable, especially with his qualifications.”

Applicants for the position have not yet been interviewed pending the Council’s decision, Heflin added.

The Council approved a 20 to 30 percent salary increase for most department workers in August of last year. Increases were granted depending on the size of the department and number of new hires that were requested, but the salary increases did not include the grade three wastewater operator as the position was vacant at the time, Weatherwax said.

“The last time we looked at our pay class, we didn’t change the classification that water treatment (personnel) were in,” District 5 Councilmember Brent White said. “From my research, the average salary (for a wastewater operator) is right in line with water plant operators. For this position, they have to be certified, and we’ve got to have one.”

In other business, the Council scheduled a special meeting to immediately follow a work session on Monday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m.

Weatherwax said the meeting was called to allow the Council to vote on bids for a water and gas meter project that was approved in January this year. He said the Council may also approve the fiscal 2020 budget following discussions at the work session.

All members were present for Monday night’s meeting.

Moulton City Council holds regular meetings on the first and second Mondays of each month unless the Monday falls on a holiday or a special meeting is called. All meetings are held at City Hall at 5 p.m.

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