Public Works Department –Water Works Laborer – Meter Reader

Title:                     Public Works Department –Water Works Laborer – Meter Reader
Department:          Public Works
Status:                  Full Time; Non-Exempt

GENERAL PURPOSE:

Under general supervision, reads water meters in order to ensure accurate reading of the meters each month and assists the water billing clerk in the timely processing of any subsequent work orders necessary for the completion of the water and sewer billing process. Under general supervision assists with all phases of Public Works operations to include but not limited to the following: water treatment plant and water distribution system, waste water treatment plant and waste water collection system including sanitary sewer lift stations and appurtenances, drainage maintenance, street and sidewalk maintenance and repair, winter weather operations, and any other duties of the Public Works Department, as assigned.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

This position works under the direct supervision of the Public Works Director and under the direct supervision of the water treatment plant licensed operator in charge while performing water works specific duties. This position ultimately reports to the City Administrator.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: METER READER

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.   The list of tasks is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by this position.  Individual must be able to walk for long distances and must be able to remember locations of meter pits to maximize use of time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   

  1. Accurately reads all City water meters, as assigned, according to the calendar provided yearly by the Utility Billing Clerk.  Any meter estimation is to be done by the Utility Billing Clerk only and should occur rarely. There should be extremely few instances where meters would not be read, and these should be approved by the Public Works Director, in conjunction with the Utility Billing Clerk.
  2. Is responsible for all aspects of the meter reading process.  Works in general cooperation with all other City personnel to maintain the smooth running of the water/sewer billing process.   
  3. Notes abnormal readings, dead meters, or dead remotes as prescribed for work orders to be prepared for repairs.
  4. Performs all re-reads of water meters, as directed by the Utility Billing Clerk.
  5. Checks for leaks, as directed by the Utility Billing Clerk.
  6. Refers all water billing questions and reports any water problems, i.e. leaks; malfunctioning meter equipment, water discoloration or odors, etc. to the Utility Billing Clerk.
  7. Turns in meter reading equipment, as required.  Gives Utility Billing Clerk information on meter problems, leaks, and meter exchanges.  Maintains records of malfunctioning meters at the time of reading.
  8. Assists as a team member with a variety of public works activity including concrete repair and replacement, water treatment and distribution system, drainage repair and installation, sanitary sewer treatment and collection system, and performs other duties as assigned when not reading meters, to include emergency and weekend duties.
  9. Operates construction and power equipment, such as but not limited to, snow and ice clearing equipment, mowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, concrete saws, drills, and other necessary equipment.
  10. Uses safety equipment, including PPE, where required and safely operates all City equipment.
  11. Follows all safety procedures to include but not limited to Lock Out-Tag Out procedures.  Safety shoes are required at all times.
  12. Reports any safety hazards to the Director of Public Works, immediately. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: LABORER

The list of tasks is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by this position.

  1. Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects as part of a crew, including repairing and installing watermains, service lines, valves, fire hydrants, meters, and other appurtenances of the water distribution system.
  2. Performs required labor involved in the installation and maintenance of necessary equipment at the water treatment plant, including filters, pumps, softeners, chemical feed systems and other appurtenances of the water treatment plant.
  3. Performs all required daily operations of the water treatment plant in the absence of the licensed operator in charge, including daily plant meter readings, chemical tank readings, mixing of chemicals, water testing, data entry, SCADA system operations, fulfills sampling requirements as prescribed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other water treatment plant duties as assigned
  4. Performs evening, weekend and holiday plant duties, as defined, as part of a rotating crew.
  5. Performs meter reading, re-reads, leak checks, meter replacement, meter shut-offs, and other meter related activities as assigned.
  6. Performs required Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators (JULIE) location work orders for water and sewer accurately and efficiently.
  7. Drives trucks of various size and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of a variety of equipment, gravel, sand, soil and other material.
  8. Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects as part of a crew, including cleaning, televising, repairing, and installing sewer pipe, manholes, and other appurtenances of the sanitary sewer collection system.
  9. Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects as part of a crew, including concrete curb, curb and gutter, street and sidewalk pavement cutting, removal, and replacement, requiring shoveling, raking, leveling, and finishing concrete, and other concrete or hot mix asphalt work as needed.
  10. Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects as part of a crew, including ditch digging, drainage structure maintenance, culvert and storm sewer cleaning, repairing, and installation.
  11. Operates construction and power equipment, such as but not limited to, snow and ice clearing equipment, mowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, concrete saws, drills, and other necessary equipment. Actively participates in the City’s curb side brush pick-up.
  12. Uses safety equipment, including PPE, where required and safely operates all City equipment.
  13. Follows all safety procedures to include but not limited to Lock Out-Tag Out procedures.  Safety shoes are required at all times.
  14. Reports any safety hazards to the Director of Public Works, immediately.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned, to include emergency and weekend duties.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

            Special Qualifications:

  1. High school diploma or GED and a minimum of 3 years of experience in a public works related field meeting or exceeding the essential functions described herein.
  2. Must have a valid Illinois driver’s license with CDL-Class B, and Air Brake endorsement, or ability to obtain CDL-Class B, and Air Brake endorsement within six months of hire date.
  3. Must have the ambition and ability to obtain a Class B Water Operator License within five (5) years of hire date.
  4. Must have good customer service skills with the public.
  5. Must be physically capable of moving from meter pit to meter pit, carrying various        equipment and the meter reading wand across possibly uneven ground.  While   performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to carry reading equipment, read the meters and open meter pits, to move from meter pit to meter pit across sometimes uneven ground, to bend, stoop or crouch to open meter pits or check for water leaks.  The employee will sometimes be required to sit.  The employee must be able to lift meter lids, weighing approximately 20 to 30 pounds.
  6. Ability to perform heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time: ability to work safely; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments, and the public; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  7. Must be willing to live within a twelve (12) mile radius of City Hall within six (6) months of hire date.     

Knowledge:

1. Working knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in maintenance, construction and repair activities of City owned and operated assets.

2. Working knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions common to municipal maintenance and repair activities.

3. Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment.

Skills:

1. Reading Comprehension- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

2. Active Listening- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

3. Time Management- Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

4. Writing- Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

5. Speaking- Talking to others to convey information effectively.

6. Instructing- Teaching others how to do something; helping others to understand something.

7. Negotiation- Bring others together in an attempt to reconcile differences.

8. Critical thinking- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

9. Judgement and Decision Making- Considering the advantages and disadvantages of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

10. Social Perceptiveness- Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities:

1. Oral Comprehension- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken word.

2. Oral Expression- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

3. Written Expression- The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

4. Deductive Reasoning- The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

5. Problem Sensitivity- The ability to recognize when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.

6. Number Facility- The ability to add, subtract, multiply or divide quickly and correctly.

7. Visualization- The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

8. Depth Perception- The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.

9. Near Vision- The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

10. Far Vision- The ability to see details at a distance.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:

The equipment and tools may consist of power and hand tools, motorized vehicles and equipment, including dump truck, pickup truck, utility truck, street roller, plate compactor, saws, pumps, compressors, generators, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, mobile and portable radio, personal computer, calculator, and phone. The list of tools and equipment is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all tools and equipment used to perform the duties of this position.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to use hand to finger, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and to smell. The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift weights up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required of this position include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. A baseline physicality test administered by an occupational health professional, at the discretion and at the expense of the City of Monticello, is required as a condition of employment with the City of Monticello.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions. While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to cold, wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals.

  1. The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy.
  2. Work environment will consist of occupying a trench of various depths and various soil conditions.
  3. Must report any accidents to the Director of Public Works immediately and to the Finance and Human Resources Director within 24 hours of accident and shall assist in filling out any necessary paperwork.
  4. Working hours shall be from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or as needed.   Offices located at 303 Railroad Street, Monticello, Illinois.
  5. Moderate exposure to stress as a result of human behavior.

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