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Johnstown Water Board fills new ‘foreman’ position

December 17, 2009
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The city Water Board on Monday approved a new senior water treatment plant operator position to serve directly below City Engineer Chad Kortz in running day-to-day operations at the Water Department.

The board went into a brief executive session to discuss personnel issues at the department building. When members emerged in public session, the board had created the civil service position and filled it with 27-year department staffer Michael Hlozansky, who was given a provisional appointment.

Board President Leon Peck said Hlozansky will serve in the new "foreman" position as senior water treatment plant operator under Kortz. The Water Department's day-to-day administrative operations have been run previously by Kortz and department Clerk Cinda Spraker.

"Mike Hlozansky is the salt of the earth," Peck said today. "You couldn't ask for a more honest guy."

Hlozansky earned $40,000 annually in the water plant operator position, and will earn $45,000 yearly with his new post.

The board also formally approved a standing operating procedure document, which includes a chart of positions and states who is in charge at the department. Peck said such an "organization" chart had never been formally been approved by the board in the past.

"The duties are pretty much out of the charter," the board president said.

Peck explained that Kortz's services are contracted by the Water Department from the city, and the city engineer is technically not a water superintendent.

In other action, Kortz updated the board about a vacant parcel next to the Water Department building that the city obtained through foreclosure. He said today the Common Council may take action on the item Monday at City Hall.

The property became vacant after the demolition of a building 3 1/2 years ago.



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