Salary committee discusses city energy manager position pay

Published on Friday, 2 March 2018 20:24
Written by Lorenzo Burgio

@BURGIOBP

BRISTOL - The city’s salary committee will begin to create the job description for a full-time city energy manager.

The creation of an energy manager was a recommendation in the energy plan recently adopted by the City Council.

The energy manager would take the ideas of the Mayor’s Task Force on Energy Consumption or any future energy commission and implement them, said City Councilor Mary Fortier, committee chairwoman, on Feb. 21.

The committee will continue the discussion in its next meeting.

In the meantime, the committee will review the job descriptions and pay that other cities and towns offer their energy managers for reference, Fortier explained. It will also ask the task force for recommendations of what to include in the job description, she said.

Fortier posed the question of what city department the energy manager would be a part of, adding that some ideas could be in the purchasing office, public works, or Bristol Development Authority.

“I am absolutely convinced that this is something we have to do,” said City Councilor and committee member Dave Preleski.

The position would pay for itself in addition to saving the city money on the cost of energy, Preleski added.

The energy manager could work for the city and the Board of Education, added Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.

The committee, on Tuesday, also discussed health benefits for part-time city employees, which will be readdressed at its next meeting.

“I was against it last time, and I’m still against it. I think we are opening up a can of worms,” said City Councilor and committee member Dave Mills. “I think we would be going in the wrong direction if we decided to pay our part-time employees health benefits.”

The school board recently decided not to pay its part-time employees health benefits, but gave them a slight increase in pay, added Mills.

The structure of health benefits for city employees should mirror that of the school board, Preleski said. That would make it easier in the event that the payroll and health benefit functions of the city and school board are combined in the future, he explained.

Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at 860-801-5088 or by email at lburgio@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 2 March 2018 20:24. Updated: Friday, 2 March 2018 20:27.