Bessemer Township discusses retirement of lead-man

RAMSAY – The Bessemer Township Board discussed its options to fill a pending vacancy that will be left by the retirement of the townships department of public works leadman, Louis Sworab, on Oct. 22. Sworab is one of the two licensed water operators the township is required to maintain. The other certified person is also looking to retire, according to township supervisor Jeff Randall. Because of this, the township is considering keeping Sworabon part-time, at least until someone else can be certified, he said. “We have a couple younger guys that are training and testing, but until they are certified we still need someone holding that license,” said Randall. The township’s water and sewer customers saw an increase of $7 per month – or $21 – in their quarterly bill that went out this month. There will be additional similar increases over the next six months and reflected in the coming October and January bills. Randall said the increases will help “pay for our cost to operate the system.”

—Charity Smith

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