Steve Patton, Green Forest water chief, is leaving job

Thursday, December 4, 2003

GREEN FOREST ---- The search for a new city water superintendent is under way following the resignation of Steve Patton who is leaving to accept a position as facilities manager and sports director at the YMCA in Hollister, Mo.

Patton, who lives near Blue Eye, has worked for the city of Green Forest for more than 20 years.

Mayor Leonard Tidyman said at Monday's agenda-setting meeting that he hoped to promote someone from within the department to the position, although he would consider someone from the outside. He said he expected to name a new water superintendent next week.

Tidyman has the authority to appoint department heads. The city council can either approve or reject his appointment.

Other items set for possible action next week include:

  • awarding of the construction bid on the East Ridge sewer project. Jimmy Jones Construction submitted the low bid at $615,611 as compared to $848,682 from Journagan. Engineers had estimated the project would cost $654,000.

  • a proposal to keep the state revenue office open in Green Forest. The city would be required to pay annual expenses of $6,125 to cover telephone and computer line costs. The revenue office, which provided vehicle tags, driver licenses and identification cards, was located in a storefront on the town square that was provided by the First National Bank of Green Forest.

  • approval of city payroll payments to Donovan Houghton, a Tobacco Free Coalition grant employee who will be working in the area on tobacco education. The grant is set up for the city to pay the salary and receive full reimbursement from the coalition.

  • a proposal from an individual to work as job superintendent on construction of ambulance crew quarters in the fire station.

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