Ongoing repairs at Wellington’s wastewater plant will not keep water and sewer superintendent Mark Rosemark from balancing his time as the new interim village manager.
“It will be a challenge to provide adequate time to both jobs,” said Rosemark. “I’ve had to do this once before and fortunately we have qualified people in both places to provide help if necessary.”
Rosemark will still operate the water plant as needed but will also need to coordinate other projects already underway while Wellington searches for a new full-time village manager.
Steve Pyles, Wellington’s village manager since 2006, announced his resignation June 14 to assume the same position in Granville, a community near Columbus. Rosemark served as interim manager during the search to hire Pyles in 2006.
Rosemark said that he’s never considered leaving his position as water superintendent to become the permanent manager.
“The possibility has been there. I certainly do not currently intend to switch positions and I didn’t intend to in 2006. I’m not that far from retirement even though there’s no set date for that in my mind,” he said. “The village will have someone stepping into the manager position who’s going to spend a number of years cultivating their knowledge of the system, infrastructure, and administrative functions. I think the potential is there to find some really good candidates.”
At a June 20 village council meeting, Rosemark said an upcoming rod replacement at the water plant will cost $5,146.
“That’s the cost of the materials,” he said. “We will do the repairs ourselves. I’ve not heard a ship date on the parts but once they arrive we’re talking about a one- or two-day project.”
Rosemark said the rod is part of a larger distributor arm that has been in place since 2002. He said time is of the essence to make the repairs.
“The distributor arm itself is approximately 40 feet in diameter,” he said. “It’s quite heavy and if those rods were to fail more than likely one of the arms would break off and it would suddenly become a much more expensive repair. It’s critical that we get it taken care of before that happens.”
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