As Perrysburg's utilities department completes a water-sewer separation system and sewage treatment plant expansion, it prepares to have a new director next month.
Alice Godsey, 59, of Springfield, Ohio will take over as director of public utilities on May 12, replacing Tim Warren who resigned at the end of last year. She has been the director of utilities for Clark County since 1999, and before that was the city sanitary engineer for Lima, beginning in 1983.
Her salary will be $91,000. Mr. Warren's salary was $92,500.
She knows the area because she attended the University of Toledo. Plus, her husband, Steven Lange, found a job in northwest Ohio, which is why she applied for the open position.
"(Perrysburg is) a wonderful community and growing," Ms. Godsey said. "It is exciting, there are a lot of new things going on there. Here (in Clark County), there hasn't been development lately."
She plans with her husband to relocate in the Toledo area soon.
She said it will be important for her to get familiar with the waste water treatment expansion contract documents and see it through completion. The expansion includes three aeration grit tanks, two final clarifiers, a secondary sludge control building, two blowers, two effluent pumps, and a effluent pump meter. It costs $14.8 million.
Starting off, Ms. Godsey has three main goals: Get to know the people, staff, and city officials and learn more about the community, get familiar with the water and sewer maps of the area, and learn about all the city agreements for the utilities.
She said she wants to have utilities in top shape so Perrysburg is more attractive for businesses and residents.
"There's nothing she will see on a regular basis that she has not already seen," said Todd Grayson, Perrysburg councilman and chairman of the city's Health, Sanitation, and Public Utilities Committee. "It has very unique job skills and not a lot of people are trained. I think she is the complete package in what you want with the technical and general business side."