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Port hires full-time ‘handyman’

The Board of Commissioners for Port of Coupeville approved hiring a full time dedicated employee to deal with ongoing maintenance issues.

The position is 30 hours per week at $40 an hour. The position has no benefits.

Port Executive Director Tim McDonald said the position will be called a handyman and will be filled by the port’s current contracted employee, who works on an as-needed basis.

“There’s a history of only spending money when it’s necessary,” said Commissioner Bill Larsen. “There are maintenance items that have gotten away from us.”

Having a dedicated employee is very important, McDonald said.

The port would call the handyman to fix one item and when he’d get there and there’d be more than one item needed to be fixed.

By hiring someone with a set number of hours each week, the port can get a handle on maintenance issues and hopefully ahead of them, McDonald said.

“We were frankly spending a lot of money on contractors,” he said. “Preventative maintenance is going to save the port a lot of money.”

“(But) we’re definitely going to have to spend some money this year and next.”

 

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