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Meredith searching for new Water and Sewer superintendent

April 07, 2010
MEREDITH — Water and Sewer Superintendent Brian Carroll has retired from his temporary position, leaving the town looking for a replacement as they thank Carroll for his service.

Town Manager Phil Warren said Carroll finished his time as Water and Sewer superintendent on Wednesday.

Warren said Carroll was initially hired on a temporary basis and has worked for the past 18 months to manage the department.

"He's done more than any employees will do in a whole career," Warren said.

Town officials said Carroll entered the position while the town was in the midst of a water system emergency. Now the system is producing more water with the plant running less and with a well-trained and managed staff. Carroll was also credited for his work with the Water System Committee to look at issues and improvements.

Selectman Peter Brothers recommended sending Carroll a letter of gratitude.

"He certainly went above and beyond the call of duty," Brothers said. "He did yeoman's work."

Warren read a proposed letter to Carroll thanking him for his work and wishing him well as he goes into retirement.

Warren said three attempts have been made to find a new superintendent that were all unsuccessful. Efforts were made under Co-Interim Town Managers Brenda Vittner and John Edgar as well as Warren that did not find candidates,

Warren said the town will be "casting a wider net" by advertising in professional organizations and state municipal associations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and Connecticut.

Carroll's departure left the town without a Water and Sewer Superintendent, though state law requires the system to be overseen by a licensed individual. Warren said the town is using the services of a private firm in the short term to manage the system.

Use of the firm costs $65 an hour plus $100 a week to work under their license; a less expensive option than the possible $1,500 a week for some other services.

In the meantime, Warren said Carroll left the town in good shape.

"I think until we find someone, that's a suitable arrangement," Warren said.

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