District plans ahead for future road maintenance

District of Clearwater is going to hire a full-time public works superintendent

District of Clearwater is going to hire a full-time public works superintendent.

An ad for the position appears in this week’s Times.

Main reason for the new position, explained Mayor John Harwood during the Mar. 13 town council meeting, is that the new municipality soon will be taking over responsibility for maintaining the roads within its boundaries (except for main highways).

The public works superintendent would also be responsible for maintaining and upgrading the water system, sanitary and storm sewers, cemetery, town hall and community parks.

Secondary responsibilities would include assisting the planning and development services by commenting on development and subdivision applications.

The full-time position would have a salary based on qualifications and industry average, and a benefit package in line with senior management.

Sports coordinator in the works

Council also approved holding a forum in partnership with Wells Gray Country (Area A) to look at working with a sports coordinator as a pilot project for the remainder of the 2012 fiscal year.

Volunteer burnout was a major topic of discussion during a user group meeting at the Sportsplex, councilors were told. A number of hockey tournaments had to be cancelled and weekend ice times were not being utilized to the maximum potential.

Support for hiring a sports coordinator also has been received from Wells Gray Outdoor Club, Clearwater Soccer and Clearwater Minor Ball.

 

The part-time position was estimated to cost about $30,000 for wages and supports. Possible sources of funding might include District of Clearwater, Wells Gray Country, Minor Hockey, hotel tax, and economic development funds.