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The Ava Board of Aldermen created a new position for the City of Ava Tuesday evening when they voted to hire Shawn MacMillan to manage computer and technology tasks for city departments.
As Information Technology (IT) manager, MacMillan will be responsible for technology needs, computer systems, programming, data storage and communication applications. According to city officials, the IT office will be located at the Ava Police Station.
MacMillan, who comes to Ava from Gainesville, was hired through Penmac Personnel Services. The employment agreement includes a 90-day probationary period.
Councilmen also adopted a new section to the city’s utility ordinance and established stricter guidelines for handling residential sewage leaks, discharges, garbage or waste issues that don’t comply with code and the safety standards established for residents.
The new section reads as follows:
“Should any customer of city water service fail to correct any release of human sewage on to public or private land within seven days of notice to correct, either in person, by certified mail, or by posting on the property, then the city shall cause water service to such customer to be discontinued until the release is remedied.”
This addition was added because of an unresolved problem on the northeast section of town where a sewer leak has been on-going for approximately one year and no resolve has been forthcoming.
The ordinance went into effect immediately.
Administrative Director Peggy Porter noted that city employees and department supervisors had been diligently working with auditors this past week to provide documentation and information for the annual audit. Porter said the final report, however, will not be released until Dec. 1.
The audit process is conducted by Davis, Lynn & Moots, P.C., Certified Public Accountants, of Springfield, Mo.
Council approved monthly bills for payment.
Council members attending were Burrely Loftin, Ric Engelhardt and Judy Lovan. Billy Long was absent.
Aldermen and city officials will meet again Tuesday, Sept 27, 5 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.
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