Port Chester is looking to hire a superintendent of Department of Public Works at $90,000 to $125,000 a year.
The village has gotten by for many years with a general foreman in charge of daily DPW operations, and wants a manager who can get a handle on infrastructure needs, costs and personnel.
Gary Racaniello resigned as general foreman in September while facing disciplinary charges related to the probe of missing parking-meter funds. Rocky Morabito has since taken over the foreman duties. But Village Manager Christopher Russo said the village needs a supervisor who can track the full range of operations and costs: how many hours it takes to mow lawns at village property, which street lights need to be fixed, what trees need to be replaced, how often the catch basins need cleaning, etc.
Mayor Dennis Pilla said the salary will pay for itself in better efficiency. “I would suggest that we’re spending more by not having someone so qualified to manage our facilities and to manage our infrastructure on a full time basis,” he said. “We probably dole out more money in emergency contracts because we’re not as proactive, because we don’t have someone whose dedicated focus it is to look at our aging infrastructure.”