Workshop could be flooded with stormwater discussion

2013-09-15T18:53:00Z 2013-09-15T21:46:07Z Workshop could be flooded with stormwater discussionChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324
September 15, 2013 6:53 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Matters involving Merrillville's Stormwater Utility could be reviewed during the Town Council's workshop session Wednesday.

At the council's regular meeting last week, Councilman Don Spann asked about the status of his request for a breakdown of the utility's spending in each ward.

While discussing the matter with Matt Lake, executive director of the Stormwater Utility, Council President Carol Miano intervened to say the topic will be brought up at Wednesday's workshop.

Spann has said he doesn't know if the utility is doing more work in some wards than others, but the report he has requested could make that determination.

A chart showing the distribution of stormwater funding in each ward might not give a clear indication of how drainage improvement projects affect each ward, Lake said.

There are situations in which a project completed in one ward can reduce flooding in other wards, he said.

Miano said another matter that could be discussed is the proposed promotion and raise for Liz Bushemi, the Stormwater Utility's secretary.

During a Stormwater Management Board meeting earlier this month, Lake recommended changing Bushemi's position to office manager and increasing her salary because of her increased responsibilities, said Barbara Ghoston, the board's president.

Ghoston said she is uncertain of the status of Lake's recommendation.

Miano said she has heard about the proposed promotion, but she wasn't aware of all the details.

She said she understands Bushemi "has a tremendous amount of responsibility." Miano said there are other employees who also could deserve salary increases, and it could be difficult to give one person a raise without providing raises to others.

Miano said the secretary position in the town administration office recently was changed from part time to full time, but the pay rate for the employee, Stacy Gaza, wasn't changed.

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