Operator plans retirement

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Eganville – Another senior manager at Bonnechere Valley is preparing for retirement, with Darryl Verch letting council know in December this will be his last year.

As part of his budget process, he has budgeted for an operator in training and hopes to have that individual in place in the spring.

Mayor Jennifer Murphy, noting he will be very much missed, said it is good he is looking for a replacement.

“You have to have succession planning,” she said. “When you look around, not only at Bonnechere Valley, the county, but all of Ontario are also trying to backfill some of these positions is a disaster, so definitely be proactive in trying to find your replacement.”

Mr. Verch also presented council with his budget for 2022. Councillor Merv Buckwald said he felt costs for users were in line with other communities, or lower.

“We are down the lower end from what I can see,” he said. “We are at the bottom of the scale.”

Some watermains will need to be replaced, Mr. Verch cautioned. He said looking at coordinating work when it is being done through the connecting link of Highway 41 and Highway 60 would make sense.

“When the MTO is going to help at the top of it, we better do the bottom,” he said.

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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