Potsdam tries old cost-saving strategy at water-treatment plant


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POTSDAM — The village hopes to save $35,000 a year by altering its method of alerting employees of the water treatment plant.

Until the final pay period of July, a selected worker at the plant will carry a pager that will notify of any problems. They are then in charge of alerting employees or proper authorities, regardless of the hour.

Although the carrier of the pager changed depending on the week, the accumulated pay for having on-call workers adds up.

Following an executive session after last Monday night’s village board meeting, village officials decided to return to a strategy that worked for them in the past.

Currently, alarms at the plant trip dialers that alert the pager carried by the on-call worker. With the board’s decision, alarms will alert the 24-hour dispatch unit at the Potsdam Police Department who will then notify workers at the plant.

According to Village Administrator Gregory O. Thompson, the shift will save the village $35,000.

“This is a cost-saving effort,” he said.


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