Excavation supervisor being eyed by city administration

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana has proposed the city hire a part-time employee for the Codes Department to inspect excavation work done by utility companies.

The issue, which does not require City Council authorization because the money needed to hire the individual is available in this year’s budget, according to Finance Director William E. Nichols Jr., was discussed at the city Finance Committee meeting recently.

The position will require 25 hours a week, Campana said. The individual hired would be called “excavation supervisor,” and the intent is to have him or her inspect the cuts in the streets and ensure they are done properly and on time, he said.

The hiring was precipitated by what transpired in Newberry, particularly on Arch Street, Campana said. In that job, the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority hired a contractor who did not do a satisfactory job of patching and ran into time constraints and winter weather due to the extent of the water main replacement work, Campana said.

The proposal next goes before the city Public Works Department for its review as a courtesy before the interviews take place.

Campana said he wanted to discuss the need for the position with the two committees.

“The individual hired will work with codes to make sure utilities are following the city ordinance,” he said. “It is the administration’s goal to fill the job in July.”

The committee suggested the administration provide it with a list of the excavation projects to get a perspective of the scope of the jobs done and planned for in the city.