A personnel shakeup continues at the City of
The city is advertising for a sewer/water operator,
and that eventual hire will serve as the city's
only full time public worker, a move dictated
by the city's budget crunch.
That's the word this week from Mayor Josh Linville,
who indicated the board of aldermen has made the
decision to have just one outside city employee
on full time and "maybe in the summer hire
someone part-time or on an as-needed basis."
A shakeup in the city's public works staff began
in January, when the board agreed to cut the hours
of its three public works employees. K.C. Davidson
saw his guaranteed hours cut from 50 to 40 per
week, and Billy Clay Davidson's hours were slashed
from 40 to 32.
K.C. Davidson later resigned and his full time
position was offered to Billy Clay Davidson. Linville
said Billy Clay Davidson has not accepted the
position and indicated he is no longer on the
"He'll be getting vacation and sick pay
time that he has built up," the mayor explained.
With both Davidsons now gone, the mayor, some
aldermenincluding Bill Edwardsand
even everyday citizens have stepped in to help
the city perform tasks such as blade last week's
snow from the streets.
"It's one of those cases where citizens
pay taxes to have things like that done. We're
having a little bit of a hiccup right now and
if that means that I or some of our board members
need to help out, we'll do that," Linville
Frank Dovel, who works only on an as-needed basis,
has been filling the water tower every week.
"Our budget cannot justify the way we were
doing business so changes had to be made. You
can't keep on losing money every year," Linville
Job duties for the new hire will include repairing
water main breaks, maintaining all water meters,
collecting monthly water and sewer samples and
sending them to the state, maintaining sewer plant,
and helping in all areas of city maintenance.
Resumes will be accepted until Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.
at city hall.