By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Parks and Recreation Department is seeking to create two new jobs to help with the management and maintenance of its facilities.
The proposed positions are: building maintenance technician, with an annual pay range of $30,451 to $48,963; and aquatics coordinator, with an annual pay range of $35,006 to $56,264.
“The building maintenance technician position will just flip a parks maintenance employee to the rec center,” wrote Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall in a report to Groveport City Council. “That position will then assist parks maintenance as time permits.”
She said, if additional parks maintenance personnel are needed, they would be seasonal.
“There basically is no cost to this re-organization of duties,” said Hall.
Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Lund told council that the building maintenance technician position is needed because the recreation facilities are aging.
“Believe it or not, the Groveport Recreation Center and Groveport Senior Center, which are a combined 67,000 square feet, will turn 10-years-old in January,” said Lund. “As parts and pieces of equipment and systems age, they need more attention. Currently our facilities do not have any one person dedicated to their maintenance and repair.”
Hall noted the cost for the aquatics coordinator position “is relatively low, since the position will fill in for voids in lifeguarding duties, etc.”
Lund said the aquatics coordinator can fill in for the aquatics manager when needed. He said other advantages of having a full time aquatics coordinator include: filling in for lifeguards; adding stability to the swim lesson program; assisting with staff scheduling, payroll, supervision and evaluation; customer service; monitoring proper chemical water balance as well as filtration and chemical systems; and assisting with outdoor water park season start-up and shut-down and general maintenance.
Lund said whoever fills the aquatics coordinator position could provide “mature leadership” to the lifeguard staff, which from May to September can include 55 to 70 lifeguards.
“For many of the aquatics staff, this is their first job,” said Lund. “Close supervision is needed to ensure they are fulfilling all of their duties, especially those revolving around monitoring swimmers and non-swimmers and basic housekeeping.”
Lund said having an aquatics coordinator could enable the parks and recreation department to expand its aquatic programming to add such things as a masters swim team, SCUBA, diving lessons, advanced kayaking and more to existing programs.
Council members will consider creating the two positions at a future meeting.