Notice of Vacancy – Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

TO:                             Public Works Bargaining Unit

DATE:                        July 1, 2020      

POSITION:               Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

DIVISION:                Wastewater Treatment Plant

POSTING PERIOD

Monday, July 6, 2020 through Friday, July 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

The duties and responsibilities as well as the minimum qualifications are contained in the attached job description.  A Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Wastewater “D” certificate within a two-year period is required.  This position may include second and third shifts, and / or weekends. Testing will be required.

RATE OF PAY

Entry $19.30/hr, 6 months $20.44/hr, 1 yr $21.57/hr, 2 yrs $22.67/hr, 3 yrs $23.89/hr.

These rates do not include certificate pay.

TO APPLY

Employees interested in this position must come to the Human Resources Department to sign for the posting before 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2020.  Please take this posting down after 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2020.  MUST BE SIGNED IN INK.

 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

BCBS Cards

BCBSM will not be issuing any replacement cards because our plan with BCBSM did not change – the funded plans with 44North did.  Everyone should’ve received a new 44North card. BCBSM will auto-issue cards to employees making changes only.  

If you did not receive a new 44North card, please contact Michelle in Human Resources at X8584 or mschroeder@marquettemi.gov.

American Fidelity and Texas Life Payroll Deductions

Employees with American Fidelity and Texas Life policies and/or unreimbursed medical or dependent day care plans paid for by payroll deduction, the new amounts for the new plan year will be reflected on your 7/10/20 pay stubs. We have made a minor modification in how these are deducted. Because all of the enrollment forms and amounts are based on 26 payrolls per year, we will now make the deduction on all payrolls, including the third payroll of the month the two times a year when that occurs, as we have 26 biweekly payrolls in a year. Historically we have only deducted these on the first and second payrolls each month, so the deductions were based on 1/24th of the annualized amounts rather than 1/26th, which has caused some confusion. The end result is that the payroll deductions should now match the amounts on your enrollment forms. What this means is that if you have a policy that had no changes in premium or an unreimbursed medical or dependent daycare agreement for the same total amount as last year, your deduction on each pay period will be slightly less than last plan year (July-June). All of your deduction amounts can be viewed on your check stubs on the employee portal once the 7/10 payroll as been completed. Should you have any questions regarding this change, please contact Tim Raich in payroll at 906-225-8586 or traich@marquettemi.gov.

U.P. Blue Rider

The City of Marquette’s Health Insurance restricts In-Network services to those delivered within the State of Michigan.  This is because of the U.P. Blue Rider that is on all of our plans and helps to keep employee premium cost-sharing low.  To have your employer coverage run as In-Network, you have to ensure two things; firstly that the provider (ie. physician) is within the State of Michigan and secondly, that they are participating In-Network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  There are some providers in Marquette that provide services locally but send things like lab results to an out-of-state facility to be read/generated.  In particular, we’ve had this happen multiple times with sleep study services.  This is not going to be covered as an In-Network service without prior approval.  It is your responsibility to have these conversations with your provider in advance of seeking services.  There is a referral program with U.P. Blue.  Your Provider, in advance of a sleep study or requiring labs, needs to complete the referral paperwork and obtain approval from Blues for the services to be provided out-of-state.  Failure to follow this process will result in out-of-network cost-sharing that will be the employee’s responsibility.

WorkShare Update and Letter Information

All employees participating in the WorkShare program have/will have received two letters notifying them of their participation in the WorkShare program.

The first letter was likely received last week and shows a WorkShare start date of 6/7 and a plan number of 600006. This first program was immediately terminated because the MiWam system set a start date of 6/7 in error when the participant information was originally uploaded to the state.

 A corrected new plan was then set up with a start date of 6/14. The corrected WorkShare program is plan number 623078. To further confuse matters, apparently letters were sent out to everyone showing the new WorkShare plan participation along with a notice of termination of the original plan 600006.

As a reminder, everyone in the WorkShare program was immediately issued a Bank of America debit card, even if you signed up for direct deposit. The debit cards should not be destroyed or thrown away in case any funds were to be loaded on to them by the state, as replacement could potentially be both difficult and time consuming for employees.

As an additional reminder, you are not required to certify your unemployment or do anything else involving your claim. The City certifies your participation each week.

MERS 457

MERS 457 Plan Adoption
At the City Commission meeting on May 26, the Commission approved the adoption of the MERS 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Tammy Marier from MERS will be available for one-on-one employee meetings to enroll any interested full-time and regular part-time employees in the plan and allow for time to answer any questions on their pension or HCSP. Two dates
are available for employee meetings with Tammy:


• June 25 at the MSC first floor training room from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• June 30 in the Finance conference room at City Hall from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


Please contact Tammy to schedule an appointment with her. Tammy can be reached by email at tmarier@mersofmich.com,
517-703-1217 by phone and 906-360-0105 cell/text

City Work Share Program

The City of Marquette will be implementing a Work Share program as a first line counter to anticipated budget shortfalls. Michigan’s Work Share program allows employers to keep employees working with reduced hours, while employees collect partial unemployment benefits to make up a portion of the lost wages. For example, an employee working a 40-hour workweek will be furloughed for eight of the 40 hours, or 20% of the week. The employee will be paid 80% of their salary for the week and collect 20% of the Michigan unemployment benefit they qualify for. The maximum weekly unemployment benefit from the State of Michigan is based on an employee being paid $17/hour regularly who would be entitled to $364 weekly. Our City staff would see 20% of the $364 or $72 weekly. Currently, anyone receiving unemployment benefits due to COVID-19 are also eligible to receive the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation of $600 per week in addition to their Work Share benefit. The City will be filing for benefits for each affected employee and will handle recertifying benefits on a weekly basis.

Excluding emergency responders (Police and Fire), each department will be required to furlough all full-time employees one day a week. The furlough will be one day every week until July 31 and will start next week (June 15). The furlough day can be any day of the week, but departments will be required to remain available to the public for the normal work week. Furlough schedules will be at the discretion of the Department Head.

This action will potentially save the City an estimated $183,000 through the end of July and will be a tremendous help in overcoming the estimated budget shortfall of $1M in the current fiscal year alone.

Further Information:

Taxes will not be withheld from the unemployment benefit payments you receive. Depending on your individual tax situation, you may owe money for taxes for 2020. Please talk with your tax advisor and consider putting some money aside for this purpose.

Payment:

Payments will automatically be made to you via a Bank of America debit card unless you set up your direct deposit information with the Unemployment Insurance Administration (UIA). I would strongly recommend you go the direct deposit route. Instructions on how to do that are included in the attached guide. If you do not set up direct deposit, your benefits will be loaded on a Bank of America debit card. This is the default payment for your benefits and everyone will receive one of these cards; however, if you set up your direct deposit there will not be anything loaded onto it. Please be aware that there are fees for using the Bank of America debit card and it is highly recommended that you set up direct deposit.

Online Account Information:

When you create and log in to your UIA account online, the website will look the same as the regular unemployment landing page. Your weekly benefit amount for Michigan Unemployment will show, but the Federal benefit ($600) will not show until your claim has been certified by the City. There may be some other things you notice as well, feel free to reach out with questions, but just know that many of the links and things you see will be geared towards the typical unemployed person, not necessarily someone on the Work Share Program. You do not need to search for work at this time.

The attached guide explains how to set up an account and direct deposit. If you require assistance with this process, please make an appointment with me (shobbins@marquettemi.gov or 225-8104) and I will arrange a time to assist you.

Attachment

MarquetteMI.Gov

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The Marquette Police Department would like to remind cititzens of the Fireworks ordinance adopted by the City of Marquette. See the attached ordinance below:

Sec. 26-88. - Fireworks.
(a)Purpose. An ordinance to provide for the regulation of the ignition, discharge and use of consumer fireworks, as allowed under the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, MCL 28.451 et seq., as amended.(b)Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall be defined as follows:
APA Standard 87-1 means 2001 APA Standard 87-1, Standard for Construction and Approval for Transportation of Fireworks, Novelties, and Theatrical Pyrotechnics, published by the American Pyrotechnics Association of Bethesda, Maryland.

Consumer fireworks means fireworks devices that are designed to produce visible effects by combustion, that are required to comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations promulgated by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16 CFR Parts 1500 and 1507, and that are listed in APA Standard 87-1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, or 3.5. Consumer fireworks does not include low-impact fireworks.

Fireworks means any composition or device, except for a starting pistol, a flare gun, or a flare, designed for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, deflagration, or detonation. Fireworks consist of consumer fireworks, low-impact fireworks, articles pyrotechnic, display fireworks, and special effects.

Low-impact fireworks means ground and handheld sparkling devices as that phrase is defined under APA Standard 87-1, 3.1, 3.1.1.1 to 3.1.1.8, and 3.5.

Minor means an individual who is less than 18 years of age.

(c)Use of consumer fireworks prohibited.(1)A person shall not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks at any time other than permitted hours, as listed below:

a.December 31: From 11:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.

b.January 1: From midnight until 1:00 a.m.

c.The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day: From 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

d.June 29 to July 4: From 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

e.July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday: From 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 p.m.f.The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day: From 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

(d)Safety. No person shall recklessly endanger the life, health, safety or well-being of any person by the ignition, discharge, or use of consumer fireworks.

(e)Use of alcohol or controlled substances and fireworks prohibited. No person shall discharge, ignite or use fireworks while under the influence of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or a combination of alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance, consistent with the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act.

(f)Possession of consumer fireworks by minor prohibited. A minor shall not possess consumer fireworks. Consumer fireworks shall not be sold to a minor. Age verification shall be made by checking a driver's license or another form of acceptable identification, pursuant to the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act.

(g)Permissible locations. A person shall not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or the property of another person without express permission from that organization or person to use those fireworks on those premises at that time.

(h)Determination of violation; seizure. If a police officer determines that a violation of this section has occurred, the officer may seize the consumer fireworks as evidence of the violation.

(i)Violation and penalties.

(1)A violation of this section is a civil infraction punishable by a fine of $1,000.00 for each violation. In accordance with MCL 28.457

(3), $500.00 of this fine will be remitted to the Marquette City Police Department for enforcement of this section.

(2)In addition to a civil infraction, fines and penalties stated within the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act may be imposed.

(3)Following final disposition of a finding of responsibility for violating this section, the city may dispose of or destroy any consumer fireworks retained as evidence in that prosecution.
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An official press release will be issued next week with full details, but here are some of the main highlights for now:

🥕The last Online Marketplace pick up will be Saturday June 20.

🥕There will be no market Saturday June 27 as our staff and vendors prepare for this transition.

🥕Customer behavior and guidelines to ensure a safe shopping experience will be provided and shared with you shortly. There are social distancing guidelines and behaviors that our vendors and customers will be expected to follow. Stay tuned for information intended to ensure a safe shopping experience.

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🥕The number of vendors will be limited to allow proper social distancing. We will be sure to let you know what vendors are participating with the market each week.

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Contact Info

City Hall:

+1 906-228-0435

300 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855

Municipal Service Center:

+1 906-228-0444

1100 Wright St., Marquette, MI 49855

Tourist Park Reservations:

+1 906-228-0465

 

Hours

City Hall:

M-F: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Municipal Service Center:

M-F: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Police and Fire on duty 24/7

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