A new year and a new village manager in Wellington adds up to a clean slate on many fronts.
Steve Dupee has been on the job since Nov. 29 and said his “resolutions” for 2017 include making green space improvements, getting big projects under way, and benefiting from recent upgrades to its technology.
“I want to continue to ensure the village is able to provide high-quality and effective services to our residents and businesses and to focus on quality of life issues,” he said. “I look to our continued discussion of developing a community park at the former McCormick Middle School site as a great way of doing that.”
Because of the age of the McCormick property, a new deed had to be drawn up before ownership could be formally handed over to Wellington, which Dupee said he expects the village to receive in January.
“Enhancing our green space and creating gathering areas for the public as well as picnic areas is our village’s focus right now,” he said. “The village’s movement toward smoke-free areas is another way of enhancing quality of life. We have some gathering areas in front of village hall in Howk Memorial Park. The McCormick park will be an extension of that kind of atmosphere.”
A $1.45 million pavement and sewer replacement on Adams Street is expected to be the village’s largest infrastructure project in 2017. The project, though, hinges on loans from the Ohio EPA to move forward.
Dupee said he expects Adams Street to be part of Wellington’s final budget numbers.
“I’ve been working on getting myself up to speed with the budget,” he said. “Myself and the finance director will be working over the next few weeks to finalize those numbers to present a final proposed budget. Those loan applications will likely be submitted in January.”
TTX, a Strongsville-based internet security firm, was hired Sept. 6 to head up the village’s network security, backup, and ongoing tech support for approximately $2,500 per month. Dupee said most of the transition had already taken place by the time he arrived in Wellington but the village will continue to reap new benefits from the switch.
“All that work is now compete,” he said. “We’ve been working off of the new network server and are transitioning to a network support agreement with TTX. They’ve provided us with training and assistance going forward on how to do things like submitting help tickets and troubleshooting with our individual PCs.”
He said the monthly fee is spread out across the village’s general fund and public service funds.
“When your computer’s not working right, it brings work to a screeching halt,” he said. “TTX has been very responsive to us to get any issues resolved quickly so we can be effective in our jobs. Sometimes problems arise and it’s good to know there’s a support team to get us out of a jam. It’s a pretty reasonable cost when you consider all of the entities that will benefit from those services.”
Going into the new year, Dupee asks residents to have patience as he familiarizes himself in the village.
“I will be committed and dedicated but there’s still a lot of learning to do,” he said. “I hope the public can be patient with me as I learn the ropes and get to know everyone. I want to be the most effective manager I can possibly be.”
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.
Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise New village manager Steve Dupee looks forward to enhancing Wellington’s green spaces and public gathering areas in 2017.