Township heads want more bodies
Township heads want more bodies - CRAMAHE TWP. — More staff is on the 2012 “wish list” of several Cramahe Twp. department managers. The fire department, building/bylaw department and treasurer’s department all identified a need for another person at a Jan. 3 municipal strategy session of council members and senior managers.
 
For the fire department, provincial regulations require 70% of staff hours be dedicated to fire prevention and only 30% to fire protection. Another body to knock on doors for proactive prevention work would be an asset Fire Chief Brandon Northrup said.
 
For the building/bylaw department, another body to assist with paperwork, like delivery of public notices of zoning issues, etc., would mean the bylaw officer could actually get to issuing parking tickets Chief Building Official Natalie Moroz-Cornell said.
 
To update the numbering of the financial register so financial reports required for provincial and other reports via computer, Treasurer Mora Chatterson suggested the township consider participating in a financial intern program. The Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario would contribute $20,000, half a salary, for a one-year term of a university graduate, council heard. If Hamilton Twp. and Cramahe split the intern hours and remaining salary, that represents a $10,000 cost, Chatterson reported.
 
“We need to look at that very carefully,” Cramahe CAO Christie Alexander said. Acknowledging, “everyone’s very busy,” she said, “We do not want to add staff if it’s not what we really need, especially a functional perspective.
 
“If a position is not function-based, we could just be spinning our wheels. It has to be for something deliverable: for example, with Public Works, if an operator is doing specific work that is cutting down on overtime and that decreases the workload. We want to be sure the bodies are in the right place. Look at the actual job function.”
 
Deputy mayor Jim Williams said, “It’s important for us to look at the needs of staff. But we must make sure of the right decisions for the entire municipality, not just a department.”