|RBS Water Superintendent Resigns - Page 2|
|Written by Jessie Williams|
|Tuesday, August 14, 2012|
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Long, who was present at the meeting, stated that his resignation included a two-week notice, with his last day being September 1, 2012.
During the discussion, City Council member Tom Fultz made the motion to accept Long’s resignation and “skip the two weeks,” which was seconded by councilman Billy Joe Carver.
“My offer to Bobby (City Mayor) was that I will be in these water treatment plants every single day, seven days a week, and if someone else can offer you something better that’s fine,” Long remarked. “I’m willing to do this for our community, not for any one person…. I want to make this transition as easy on the City as it can possibly be without effecting the water supply.”
Other council members disagreed with Fultz’s motion, voting 4-2, against it.
“Well, I’m just going to say I can’t vote for this right now,” said council member George McCrary. “I think we’d be putting ourselves in a mess, personally.”
City Water Department employee Eric Sadler is said to take over the reins as Water Superintendent once he becomes certified. He is expected to take his certification test in November of this year. During Long’s last two weeks he will be training Sadler in trouble shooting areas.
“I feel that Eric has about a 70 percent competency level as an operator. There are just a few troubleshooting things that he needs to realize and see the steps that he’ll actually go through. And over the next two weeks that’s what I’m wanting to show him to eliminate the calls to a contractor,” Long stated.
During the interim period before Sadler is certified, the City will be hiring a certified contract operator to act as water superintendent. Long stated that he plans to apply for the position.
City Mayor Bobby Etheridge stated that the City will advertise for the position and scheduled a Special Called meeting for Monday, August 27th, to hire a certified contract operator to begin September 2, 2012.
Long has been an employee of the Red Boiling Springs Water Department since 2004.
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