GARLAND – The town’s Board of Commissioners gave the OK Monday to begin a search for a public works director to handle water and sewer duties.
Currently, Garland has a $5,500-per month contract with Envirolink, Inc., which is based out of Bailey. Mayor Winifred Murphy indicated that a director based out of Garland can be more accessible if needed.
“If we had our own public works person, then they can do a variety of things,” Murphy said about having someone on site.
A five-year contract with Envirolink expires April 2015. They have to be notified within six months before the contract ends.
Garland officials will advertise for the position. Murphy said it was a wise move since the town is in the process of replacing water meters and other grants.
“We need someone that makes sure we’re prepared,” she said.
When it comes to finances for the town, Commissioner Ralph Smith believes it’s a responsibility of all elected officials.
Therefore, all members were assigned to the town’s finance committee. The decision was made after Murphy presented an updated list of all committees to serve residents.
“I think when it comes to finances, it should be the whole board’s project to make sure the finances are kept straight,” Smith said. “I think finances is something everyone should be concerned about. It should be a joint effort on financing.”
Although commissioners are elected to different boards, Murphy said everybody is responsible for Garland.
“I think all of us work very hard on all of the committees,” she said. “All of us have our special talents and strengths. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.”
Murphy said there’s a lot of positive things going on in Garland.
“We need to stay organized, focus and try to make sure that we’re working in our committees,” she said.
Besides the reorganized finance group, each committee is composed of two members.
Along with finance, the other committees include: public works; streets and highways; safety and protection; building, parks and recreation.
Garland clerk resigns,
town finds replacement
Deputy Town Clerk Jennifer Richardson recently submitted a letter of resignation to the Garland Board of Commissioners.
Richardson thanked the board for her tenure with the town of Garland, effective Wednesday, Aug. 27. Murphy read Richardson’s letter to the board on Monday.
“I’ve truly experienced several growing and learning opportunities about becoming a deputy town clerk, code enforcement officer and zoning officer,” Richardson stated in a letter. “I wish the town of Garland much success with their vision to strive for greatness.”
Following the announcement and other discussions, commissioners went into a closed session and interviewed four candidates for the position.
Teresa Smith, utility billing clerk and tax collector for Salemburg, was selected for the position.
“The final decision was made on what we felt was the best for the town of Garland,” Murphy said.
Smith’s municipal experience was a priority for the board.
Murphy thanked all of the candidate for applying to the position and said it was one of the most qualified groups of individuals who applied for the position.