Stormwater, codes job attracts five applications

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Five men have applied to be Lewisburg's next stormwater manager and codes enforcement officer and all live within an easy drive of City Hall.

Some have experience that directly relates to the job that's gained attention from city councilmen because of an order from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Two applicants live in Culleoka. Two live in Lewisburg. Another lives in Marshall County just east of Interstate 65 and south of Mooresville Highway.

While elected officials are interested in compliance with the TDEC order - noncompliance can lead to civil penalties - Lewisburg's city manager has hiring and firing responsibilities. That management job is also open. The city manager is hired by a council vote. A decision on who succeeds Eddie Fuller has not been made. Fuller retired in October. A successor might be named this month. It's unclear when that individual might start work.

The position of stormwater manager and codes enforcement officer opened because Greg Lowe was promoted to be the economic and community development director.

Stormwater management became a responsibility in Lewisburg after the 2000 census showed the population here exceeds 10,000 people. That's a threshold in the federal Clean Water Act of 1972, its amendments and subsequent regulations.

Stormwater is of concern to environmental regulators because it's the way sediment is carried into rivers, creeks and streams where it smothers aquatic life. Pollutants, such as petroleum products on roads and parking lots are also of concern.

The five applicants were offered an opportunity to publicly say why they should be hired. One applicant agreed not to be mentioned. Another prefers that his current employer not know he's looking for another job.

Landscape design and turf management are what one of those two studied in college. He's prepared stormwater pollution prevention plans for projects to meet requirements under federal National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permitting laws for Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems. With 16 years' experience in civil engineering, he's provided clients with documents to permit construction. He's state certified on erosion control and was a licensed contractor. He's researched ordinances and prepared construction documents commensurate with land use zoning and building codes including stormwater and floodplain management, landscape requirements and utility specifications. He's prepared Notices of Intent to submit to the state for projects from 1 acre to 100 acres.

Frank Cook is another applicant who was reached and who replied. Cook has an engineering degree, and says he likes "to understand all the technical issues of a problem, as well as all the rules and regulations and all of the practical and human aspects of any problem. My goal would be to serve everyone fairly and to make Lewisburg a better place to live and work... I know Lewisburg and many people here, and I enjoy working with people to solve problems." Cook also indicated an awareness of state requirements that the public be informed about issues regarding stormwater management.

James R. Rucker of Culleoka declined an opportunity to add comment to a limited review of his application that shows he's run a construction business as well as having devised and negotiated contracts for waste services at Spring Hill and Manchester. He's been active in the Rotary Club and the Marshall County Community Theatre and he drives a bus for the county school system.

Attempts to reach the fifth applicant, himself, by telephone and e-mail were apparently unsuccessful.