MACEDONIA – City Council is considering creating the position of service department supervisor to aid Service Director John Hnottavange with management of the department’s 16 full-time employees.

Legislation was introduced at Council’s Sept. 26 session and will be on second reading at the Oct. 10 meeting.

"It’s a necessity, and it would be cheaper for the city than hiring an assistant director," said Mayor Nick Molnar. "Having an assistant director in the past worked well," added Councilwoman Jan Tulley.

The city had an assistant director, but that person resigned in 2009 and officials did not replace him because of a budget crunch at the time.

The position would fall within Paygrade 9, and would be non-exempt. The supervisor would be compensated at an hourly rate, with the annual salary being somewhere around $65,000.

Although Councilman Kevin Bilkie said he is not against creating the position, he believes the money could be better used elsewhere, perhaps for parks improvements such as building a splash pad.

"With the amount of seniority we have in the service department, I think the workers can manage themselves efficiently, and a supervisor is not needed," he said.

But Molnar said Hnottavange’s workload is becoming quite immense, and another person to handle some of it would improve the department’s efficiency. He cited an increased number of calls the department gets from residents, and work city crews sometimes have to do after hours.

Molnar said if Council authorizes the new position, the job would be posted immediately so that someone could be hired as soon as possible.

Tulley encouraged residents to contact Council reps with any input they may have about the proposed position.

In other action, Council awarded a contract to American Roadway Logistics ($50,288) to paint markings on several roads. The work will be done before winter weather arrives.

"We’ve been lax in marking our roads in recent years, and we need to get caught up," said Molnar. "After this year, we plan to continue to do this work on an annual basis."

Markings will be done on Bavaria, Chamberlain, Highland, Laurel, Ledge, North and South Bedford, Shepard, Summer, Twinsburg and Valley roads; Berkshire, Crow and North and South Freeway drives; Firestone, North Melody and Sioux lanes; and Golden Link and Shepard Hills boulevards.

Council confirmed the appointment of John Potkalitsky to the civil service commission. He recently retired from Eaton Corp. after 20 years of service, and previously worked at Goodyear Aerospace.

Molnar and Parks-Rec Director Angela Manley reported the recent craft beer and food truck festival was an overwhelming success. "We hope to improve and build upon it in the future," Molnar said.

Hnottavange reported leaf collection will begin Oct. 28, and the city will be divided into four zones this year, with four machines in service. He urged residents not to place anything but leaves in the piles, and not to rake leaves into ditches and streets.

Two upcoming events mentioned by city officials are Safety Day on Oct. 5 and the haunted hayride on Oct. 12.

City Engineer Joe Gigliotti reported the Valley View resurfacing project and road crack sealing around town have been completed, and Finance Director John Veres said budget talks for 2020 are under way.

In response to an inquiry about locomotive horns blowing in "quiet zones," Police Chief John Golden said federal regulations require that horns must be sounded in certain instances, and residents just have to be diligent.

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