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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lowell as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Water and sewers — See Ch. 272.
[Adopted 12-13-1988 (§§ 2-209 to 2-209.3 of the 1988 Code)]
A. 
Under the authority of MGL c. 43 there is hereby established the Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility (hereinafter referred to as "Utility") as a separate department of the City of Lowell under the jurisdiction of the City Manager in conformity with Plan E, Form of Government.
B. 
This Utility shall contain therein what was formerly the Division of Sewers under the Department of Public Works.
A. 
It shall be the function of the Utility to administer, operate and maintain the wastewater treatment facilities, the City wastewater collection system, diversion structures, wastewater contribution from contracted towns, the City industrial pretreatment program and enforcement of all regulations relating to wastewater from outside contributing communities and industries.
B. 
Other functions as delineated under the previous Division of Sewers and all matters having to do with the construction, alteration, repair and care of main drains, common sewers and catch basins will be coordinated through and with the Division of Engineering.
A. 
The Utility shall be headed by the Executive Director (formerly called "Executive Manager") who shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the City Manager unless subject to a specific contract.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 50, Officers and Employees, § 50-10.
B. 
Notwithstanding any provisions in the Code to the contrary, and especially this article relating to the Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility and Article II of this chapter relating to the Lowell Regional Water Utility, with respect to all positions created or existing at either of said Utilities, wherever salary steps are provided, notwithstanding said steps, the Executive Director of both Utilities may recommend to the appointing authority the hiring of employees to fill existing or new positions at steps higher than the minimum steps based on the respective employee's qualifications, experience, background, etc. The City Manager, as appointing authority, may appoint said employees at said recommended step.
[Added 10-24-1989[2]]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
General statement of duties. Through the office of the City Manager, the Executive Director manages professional environmental engineering work of substantial difficulty in overall operational coordination of the Lowell Wastewater Treatment Plant Facilities and associated functions; directs continuous study of plant operating procedures and processes; reviews data, operating reports and graphic charts; makes personal observations to analyze plant performance in compliance with local, state and federal regulations; supervises directly, or through subordinates, all operations of the Wastewater Utility; establishes and issues orders and programs and directs training programs pertaining thereto; and performs other related duties as assigned by the office of the City Manager.
B. 
Example of duties and responsibilities. The Executive Director:
(1) 
Develops and executes plans, policies, designs and new methods of operation with regard to the Wastewater Utility.
(2) 
Directs and coordinates the efficient, continuous and effective operation of the Wastewater Utility.
(3) 
Consults with engineers/administrators and makes recommendations with regard to all current, ongoing and proposed engineering, construction, administrative matters, and improvements.
(4) 
Directs the preparation and expenditure of the annual operating budget.
(5) 
Supervises the preparation of all City, state and federal reports.
(6) 
Meets with City, state and federal officials and consultants hired by the City on all technical, legal and administrative matters.
(7) 
Directs the training of all plant personnel and is responsible for determining personnel needs, hiring, promotions, transfers, shift assignments, disciplinary action and grievances.
(8) 
Provides general instruction to the process control engineer, plant engineer and maintenance superintendent regarding all matters concerning plant operation to ensure efficient overall operation of the Utility.
(9) 
Approves all bills, payroll, contracts, and other costs as they relate to the overall administration of the Wastewater Utility.
(10) 
Has such other related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the office of the City Manager.
[Adopted 7-11-1989 (§§ 2-210 to 2-210.3 of the 1988 Code)]
A. 
Under the authority of MGL c. 43 there is hereby established the Lowell Regional Water Utility (hereinafter referred to as "Water Utility") as a separate department of the City of Lowell under the jurisdiction of the City Manager in conformity with Plan E, Form of Government.
B. 
This Water Utility shall contain therein what was formerly the Division of Water under the Department of Public Works.
C. 
The Lowell Regional Water Utility has an enterprise fund established under MGL c. 44, § 53F 1/2.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). The ordinance authorizing the establishment of an enterprise fund for the Lowell Regional Water Utility was adopted by the City Council 6-24-2008.
It shall be the function of the Water Utility to administer, operate and maintain the water supply to the general public in the City of Lowell, and any other contracted surrounding towns, with the exception of engineering design and other engineering matters relating to the water supply which shall continue to be coordinated through and with the Division of Engineering. Included in the Water Utility is the City Water Filtration Plant Distribution System and any other functions relating to water service. The Water Utility shall perform all other functions as were formerly performed by the Division of Water.
A. 
The Water Utility shall be headed by the Executive Director who shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the City Manager unless subject to a specific contract. The Executive Director of the Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility shall also serve as the Executive Director of the Lowell Regional Water Utility.
B. 
Notwithstanding any provisions in the Code to the contrary, and especially Article I of this chapter relating to the Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility and this article relating to the Lowell Regional Water Utility, with respect to all positions created or existing at either of said Utilities, wherever salary steps are provided, notwithstanding said steps, the Executive Director of both Utilities may recommend to the appointing authority the hiring of employees to fill existing or new positions at steps higher than the minimum steps based on the respective employee's qualifications, experience, background, etc. The City Manager, as appointing authority, may appoint said employees at said recommended step.
[Added 10-24-1989[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
General statement of duties. The Executive Director shall, as a department head in the City of Lowell, professionally manage the overall administration and operation of the public water supply system in the City of Lowell, including all of the physical plants, buildings and equipment relating thereto. The Executive Director shall study the operating procedures and processes; review all data and reports relating to the water supply system; make personal observations and analysis and take corrective action to ensure compliance with local statutes and federal regulations; supervise, directly or through subordinates, all operation of the Water Utility; establish and issue orders and regulations pertaining to operation of the Water Utility; and establish and maintain employee training programs. The Executive Director shall perform other related duties as may be assigned by the office of the City Manager.
B. 
Example of duties and responsibilities. The Executive Director:
(1) 
Develops and executes plans, policies, designs and new methods of operation with regard to the Water Utility.
(2) 
Directs and coordinates the efficient, continuous and effective operation of the Water Utility.
(3) 
Consults with engineers/administrators and makes recommendation with regard to all current, ongoing and proposed engineering, construction, administrative matters, and improvements.
(4) 
Directs the preparation and expenditure of the annual operating budget.
(5) 
Supervises the preparation of all City, state and federal reports.
(6) 
Meets with City, state and federal officials and consultants hired by the City on all technical, legal and administrative matters.
(7) 
Directs the training of all plant and service personnel and is responsible for determining personnel needs, hiring, promotions, transfers, shift assignments, disciplinary action and grievances.
(8) 
Provides general instruction to subordinates regarding all matters concerning plant operation and water service maintenance to ensure efficient overall operation of the Water Utility.
(9) 
Approves all bills, payroll, contracts, and other costs as they relate to the overall administration of the Water Utility.
(10) 
Has such other related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the office of the City Manager.