[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Ellicott 4-16-2018 by L.L. No. 3-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be entitled "a local law pertaining to the establishment of a Department of Public Works in the Town of Ellicott."
The Town Council of the Town of Ellicott has determined that it is in the best interests of the Town of Ellicott to establish a Department of Public Works and to assign certain administrative functions and duties to the Director of Public Works.
This law is enacted by the Town Council of the Town of Ellicott pursuant to its authority under § 10 of the Municipal Home Rule Law and § 64, Subdivision 21-a, of New York State Town Law.
The position of Director of Public Works is created to provide certain efficiencies, reduce costs (including the costs of outside consultants and legal counsel) and provide a better level of service to residents of the Town. The Director of Public Works will coordinate long-range planning and oversee maintenance of all water, sewer and electric districts within the boundaries of the Town of Ellicott. The Director of Public Works shall be a part-time position and serve at the pleasure of the Town Council. The Director of Public Works shall be appointed on an annual basis. The office shall be considered as unclassified civil service. The Director of Public Works shall comply with the Town of Ellicott personnel policy, and the position shall be in compliance with civil service laws. The Director's salary shall be paid in its entirety with revenues collected in special district accounts.
The Director of the Department of Public Works shall be responsible for the general administration of the Department, including budget preparation and oversight, purchasing, cost analyses, recommendation of capital improvement programs and any other matters pertaining to water, sewer and electric districts that may be assigned from time to time by the Town Council. The Director shall also:
Establish and maintain liaison and cooperation with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities in regards to matters pertaining to certain water, sewer and electric districts located within the Town of Ellicott.
Establish and maintain liaison and cooperation with the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District in regards to matters pertaining to certain sewer districts located within the Town of Ellicott.
Establish and maintain liaison and cooperation with National Grid in regards to matters pertaining to certain electric districts located within the Town of Ellicott.
Formulate programs for the various districts when necessary.
See that all special district facilities are adequately maintained.
Keep the Town Council apprised of necessary repairs and/or maintenance within the districts.
Submit to the Town Supervisor on an annual basis, if directed, an operating budget for each special district for the ensuing calendar year.
Oversee expenditures in each water, sewer and electric district to make sure they do not exceed budget allocations.
If necessary, establish and oversee a capital expenditures program for each special district and submit it to the Town Supervisor.
Answer questions, investigate complaints and review suggestions related to water, sewer and/or electric districts received from either the general public or the Town Council.
Maintain manuals, records, maps and other documentation pertaining to each special district to ensure continuity for future Directors.
The Director of Public Works shall report to the Town Council and serve at the pleasure of the Town Council. The Town Council may eliminate the position at any time. The Town Council shall establish the salary for the Director of Public Works position on an annual basis.
The salary for the Director of Public Works shall be paid from funds allocated to special districts. No portion of the salary for this position shall be paid from the Town's general fund.
This chapter shall take effect upon filing with the Secretary of State and State Comptroller as required by § 27 of the Municipal Home Rule Law.