SF officials hear contract proposal

SF officials hear contract proposal

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 9:14 pm

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
The South Fulton City Commission heard Thursday evening from a second company seeking to contract with the city for its water and wastewater treatment plant operations.
The commission was informed last month that South Fulton Mayor David Crocker had met with representatives of a Missouri company about possibly contracting out the maintenance and day-to-day operation of the city’s water/wastewater plant.
A called meeting was held Feb. 3 with representatives of Alliance Water Resources of Columbia, Mo., in order to learn about the company and its potential.
Thursday evening, commissioners received a proposal from Elmo Lunn and Lance Smith of Dickson County-based Veteran Management Services, which can provide professional operating services for water plants and wastewater plants.
Lunn said he has been talking with South Fulton Public Works director Hubert Maynard, whom he described as “a one-man crew” in overseeing the plant operations and serving as public works director. He said Veteran Management Services can offer the city professional, licensed plant operators while efficiently focusing on any problems, working with state regulators and finding ways to trim costs for the city.
Smith presented a base proposal which would provide two full-time employees to staff the facility as required, as well as plant and lift station maintenance and upkeep, vehicles, employee benefits and safety training, supplies, computers and detailed maintenance records.
Smith said the city’s plant is currently “tremendously understaffed,” particularly in the wastewater area, and needs some immediate maintenance attention.
At the Feb. 3 meeting, Alliance Water Resources director of human resources Sandra Neal had also cited significant turnover in the city’s water department and recent problems with the facility, as well as Maynard’s plans to retire within the next few years.
The commission took no action on the Veteran Management Services proposal during Thursday evening’s session as commissioners continue to review the proposals.
In other action during the near hour-long meeting, which was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and with prayer led by commissioner Tony Perry, the commission:
• Heard from Cameron Miller with New Wave Communications, who updated commissioners on the progress the company has made in the last couple of years. He explained in detail how several new products and services have been added for cable, Internet and phone customers and fielded several questions.
• Heard from Lenny Hohlbein, who recently made application to the beer board to change his beer license from on premises to off premises sales for Reed Brother’s.
Hohlbein’s request was heard by the city’s beer board — comprised of all of the city commission members — prior to last month’s regular commission meeting. Some commissioners expressed concern about patrons drinking beer at the establishment and then also purchasing it to take with them when they leave, and the request for the change in application died for lack of a motion.
Hohlbein explained he had planned to attend the beer board meeting but was unable to do so last month. He inquired about having another hearing on the matter so he could be there. Crocker told Hohlbein he could come back and request another beer board meeting and the matter could be discussed further.
• Was updated by Crocker on several pending matters, including a proposal from Inspection Solutions, a contracted building inspection company, for the condemnation and demolition of dilapidated properties; negotiations with Verizon for placement of a tower in the city; and the pending delivery of the fire department’s new brush truck.
Crocker also said a few resumés have been received for the city manager’s position, left vacant in December when Jeff Vowell returned to the banking business. The deadline for applications is Feb. 25 and Crocker — who has been serving as interim city manager — said a special meeting could be called later for commissioners to begin the process of determining which applicants to call for interviews.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 2.18.11

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