By Barb McKay
This week, Don Huston will assume the position of manager of operations. Huston, Ward 1 foreperson, has been with the municipality for 22 years and is a certified roads superintendent working towards obtaining his senior level certification.
In an interview with The Independent on Friday, Huston said he was appointed to the role based on his experience and he is looking forward to the challenges of his new role. Reporting directly to the director of public works, he will work with foremen from the three wards and will oversee roads, drainage, waste management, cemeteries and the vehicle fleet. “Some of the challenges will be around the waste management centre; getting to know it,” he said.
Huston said he has been studying drawings for the new leachate treatment facility to become familiar with the project.
CAO Murray Clarke is acting as public works director temporarily until a replacement is found for Gagan Sandhu, who formerly held the position. During his time with public works Clarke said he has been looking at opportunities to improve the department and the manager of operations was identified as a benefit to the department. The role will exclude the management of water and wastewater.