Aylmer seeking janitor service

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Aylmer is seeking janitorial service for town hall, the fire station, public library, and the public works garage, either through hiring a full-time staff member or a direct tender for the service.

The town’s two part-time caretakers retired at the beginning of February, leaving the position vacant. Staff then changed the role to one full-time 40 hour a week position and proceeded to recruit on this basis.

The recruitment was paused when an East Elgin Community Complex employee transferred to the role on a temporary basis. The term of that transfer will expire May 1. Council discussed the matter at a virtual council meeting on Monday, April 12.

“We know the best service that we will get for the best dollar value will be somebody internal full-time and we hope that is the outcome,” said Chief Administrative Officer Andy Grozelle. “We still want to try to plan for the potential that we won’t get any candidates.”

Quotes for service were obtained by staff earlier in the year, and were well above current budgets for caretaker services. To bring the cost down they decreased cleaning to twice a week from five.

“One of the things that we’re doing in looking at this is trying to make this not a position where you’re coming in and just being the caretaker forever,” said Mr. Grozelle. “We’re trying to look at potentials for promoting the person throughout the organization to make it a more desirable role.”

Staff are planning to adjust caretaking hours over April to examine changes in cleaning frequency, with the goal to better inform the tender documents if the recruitment efforts are unsuccessful.

“One of the challenges we have with recruiting during COVID-19 is that some of these more entry level jobs don’t attract the candidates that they would have outside of COVID-19,” said Mr. Grozelle.

Councillor Tom Charlton asked if the job would be posted on the town website, and if it would be easy to find. Mr. Grozelle said staff would make sure the job got “prominent posting.”

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express