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Lower Burrell creates new position of director of public works and parks

Mary Ann Thomas
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Lower Burrell has created a new position of director of public works and parks.

Billing the move as budget neutral, Lower Burrell Mayor Richard Callender confirmed the city has been advertising for a new position — director of public works and parks.

According to a recent advertisement: The director will perform “high level supervisory, administrative and professional work in the planning, organizing, directing and supervising of the Public Works and Parks Department, including environmental, sewer, street, traffic control, maintenance and other public works and parks projects and programs.”

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15.

Specifically, the director of public works and parks will deal with regulatory and environmental mandates, according to Callender.

A consultant recommended the new position after evaluating the city’s public works department, he said.

“The recommendation was that the foreman was overloaded with too much responsibility and separate positions should be in place,” Callender said.

Not everyone agrees with the consultant.

Councilman Joe Grillo was not, at least initially, convinced that the city needs the new position. “As time goes on, I’m concerned but I am still looking into it,” he said.

The new position will take up the financial slot of another unfilled position, so it should not increase the budget, according to Callender.

Callender did not release a salary range but said that the salary will be negotiated relative to experience.

Currently, the city’s public works department has 11 employees represented by the United Steelworkers labor union.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary Ann at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.