FIXING A MISTAKE … Electric Supervisor for Bryan Municipal Utilities, Al Sullivan shared about a supply order mistake, with the Board of Public Affairs at the November 1, 2022 meeting. Listening are board members Karen Ford and Tom Sprow, with Operations Manager Derek Schultz in the background. (PHOTO BY REBECCA MILLER, STAFF)
By: Rebecca Miller
A resolution was approved during the November 1, 2022 meeting of the Bryan Board of Public Affairs (BPA) that will allow the creation of two new job classifications.
The new titles are Utility Engineering Assistant/GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Coordinator and Utility Engineering Assistant/Project Coordinator.
Both positions will be full-time and job descriptions have already been written.
Board member Karen Ford expressed her joy that these positions have been created, saying that she felt they should have been put into effect fifteen years ago.
“They have been needed for a long time and will make things flow more smoothly,” she said during board member remarks.
Also approved during the meeting were:
- Minutes of previous meeting
- Resolution 42 Change order #1 for the 34.5 kV to 69 kV Line Conversion Project (Electric Superintendent Al Sullivan explained that the change order was needed as some incorrect items were ordered. The supplier and manufacturer have been communicated with and it has worked out for them to be able to get the correct ones. The Board agreed it had been “an honest mistake” and voted to approve the purchase change.)
- Resolution 43 Creating Job Classifications for Utility Engineering Assistant/GIS Coordinator and Utility Engineering Assistant (Human Resources Director Jackie Perry explained that the first job is to “establish ownership and accountability over the GIS.” The other one is to “establish someone to coordinate the engineering department work on projects and to serve as a main point of contact for other departments within the city.” They plan to leave the Engineering Supervisor position open and reevaluate that need within the next three to four years.)
- Resolution 44 Updating the Bryan Municipal Utilities Compensation Plan for non-bargaining unit hourly and salaried staff (This is done each year and this year it will add the two new positions and change the minimum wage as of January 1, 2023.)
- Employment Status Change for Steven Hall from Probationary Engineering Assistant 1 to regular employment status
- Employment Status Change for Chad Fitzenrider from Probationary Water Plant Supervisor to regular employment status
- Employment Status Change for Justin Waldfogel from Probationary Warehouse II to regular employment status
- Employment Status Change for Jeff Schlosser for an equity pay adjustment, or a 3% raise, as he has picked up job responsibilities that another employee was unable to do and is willing to continue doing those as well as his own job.
- Payment of bills
During board member comments in the agenda, each one congratulated all those who had status changes and shared that they are glad about the creation of the two new job positions.
They also mentioned how the water tower paint job is going really well and looking excellent.
Before adjourning, the board went into executive session to discuss compensation, employment and hiring of public employees. There was no action taken.
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