CRISFIELD — Unable to hire a superintendent for the water and wastewater department, the city has contracted Singh Operational Services of Willow Street, Pa., on a monthly basis, to manage the municipal water and sewer utilities.
The former superintendent D.J. Parkinson Jr. departed last summer for a position in Fruitland, and for a time licensed oversite was being provided by Earl Ludy of the Somerset County Sanitary District, but he stepped back at the end of October.
Dean Bozman, public works director, reported that Singh has turned the plant around, “cleaned the place up,” and been addressing equipment and several other issues. Singh is currently being paid $11,000 per month but a long-term contract has not been negotiated.
The city continues to have the vacant position posted, and it requires a person with a Class 5A wastewater treatment license and a Class 1 water treatment license.