Restructuring of utility departments yields $150,000 in savings
Rounding out the incoming administration’s team of department heads, Mayor-Elect Shannon Kohl selected Frank Lane as director of public works, Brian Love as building inspector and Craig DeMott as Street Department assistant.
According to Kohl, in addition to choosing those who will serve in department leadership positions, she worked to resolve the deficit in salaries within the City’s budget.
“Under our current salary ordinance, the City has a superintendent and department assistant for the Street, Sanitation and Water Departments. By eliminating the city superintendents’ positions and placing the three department assistants under a director of public works with each assistant in charge of the daily operations of their respective areas, we’ve been able to achieve approximately $150,000 so far in savings without layoffs or salary reductions. It’s a win-win for employees and the City’s bottom line.
“During this transition period between administrations and knowing the deficit the City is facing in salaries within our 2016 budget, my top priority was working to find a way to achieve savings while ensuring everyone kept their jobs,” Kohl explained. “With $150,000 saved so far and a strong team in place, we achieved both goals.”
As director of public works, lifelong Martinsville resident and 15-year Sanitation Department employee Frank Lane will work side-by- side with the three department assistants in running the City’s utility departments, leading a 40-member staff.
“Unlike the former city superintendent position, the restructured director of public works role is not a desk job. Frank’s knowledge of the current workings of the Sanitation, Water and Street Departments and his ability to be on job sites daily with the various crews will be invaluable to their overall operations,” Kohl said.
According to Lane, he pursued a leadership position within the Kohl administration to make a difference and continue contributing to his hometown.
“I believe it’s time for a fresh start for Martinsville and I want to be a part of providing great customer service for our residents. I am very cost-conscious and will be watching every penny we spend in our utility departments to help ensure the most effective use of taxpayers’ money. I look forward to working with Scotty, Dallas and Craig to provide the best utility services possible,” Lane said.
Lifelong Martinsville resident Love brings his previous experience as the Town of Monrovia and Town of Brooklyn’s building inspector, one of Morgan County’s building inspectors as well as nearly two years with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Fire and Life Safety, Building Code review branch to his new role as the City’s building inspector.
“I want to be a part of the Mayor’s efforts to move the City in a positive new direction. My number one priority will be to consolidate the building services department to include planning and zoning, issuing permits and fees all in one location to help better serve the public,” Love said.
DeMott will continue in his role as Street Department assistant, a position he has held since August 2014. A lifelong resident of Martinsville, DeMott pursued remaining in his job in the Kohl administration leading the
Department’s 19 employees because he is committed to continue moving the Street Department in the right direction, providing the services residents need.
“We have to continue working to improve the appearance of Martinsville. The cleanliness of a community says so much about what we have to offer and about the residents living here. Ensuring trash is collected and sidewalks are in good shape are two big pieces of our mission,” DeMott said. “We also will be working on improving our communications with residents, efficiently getting information to them about our services. We encourage residents to call us at 342-6110 with their requests for assistance.”
Lane, Love and DeMott will assume their roles this Friday when the Kohl administration takes office.
For questions or interview requests, contact Mayor-Elect Kohl at 765-318- 2763.