Zelienople seeking public works employees

March 14, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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ZELIENOPLE — The borough's public works department has had a difficult time finding applicants to fill two part-time positions over the past year.

On Monday, borough council voted to turn those two slots into one full-time position in an effort to fill the void.

According to borough Manager Don Pepe, there has been a “significant problem” in filling the part-time positions. He said he worked with Public Works Director Chad Garland to determine that one full-time worker would cost nearly $6,000 less per year, and the position would likely draw more applicants.

“It just makes more sense,” he said. “We think we'll get a much more qualified group (of applicants).”

Garland said the two part-time positions were general labor positions, and were utilized in the electric, street and water departments. He said the full-time position would be the same. He noted the department has been short handed for nearly a year.

“If we get one, it'll bring our staff to a reasonable level,” he said.

Garland added seasonal employees will also help pick up the load in the coming months.

-Fee Schedule-

The borough is in the process of combining all of its fees into one comprehensive fee scheduled, Pepe said.

He said as fees have been added or changed over the years, they became scattered. Borough staff pulled all of those fees together into one ordinance. They will be able to then change things via a resolution, Pepe said.

Pepe noted that no fees are changing with the move.

“We just consolidated them all into one document,” he said.

Council also met in executive session Monday to discuss a performance evaluation for Pepe.

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J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.