Village of Lawrence Administration and Public Works Department
Wade Trim managed the Village of Lawrence’s Public Works Department including personnel from 1997 to October 2015. Responsibilities included operating and maintaining the Village’s wastewater treatment facility, water wells, and collection and distribution systems, as well as maintaining local and major streets (including winter maintenance), storm drainage systems, parks, buildings, and all related equipment. We provided a full-time Village Manager beginning in 2007 and a full-time Administrative Assistant beginning in 2008.
Programs and changes implemented for the water and wastewater systems returned the Village to good standing with regulatory agencies. We met or exceeded Michigan Department of Environmental Quality requirements and fostered positive communications. A permit compliance audit was conducted for the water and wastewater facilities and record keeping was improved. We also addressed several Village management concerns including cost control, investigated and recommended a computer software accounting system that interfaces with all facets of governmental accounts, prepared reports for council meetings, prepared and recommended water and sewer rate study results, implemented a computer maintenance management system, and repaired and recommended replacement of defective equipment. Safety compliance, housekeeping and general accountability issues were also addressed. In addition, an Equipment Allocation Fund was established to replace several pieces of major equipment without creating financing burdens.
Infrastructure investment was also a priority. Improvements completed include a new industrial park with water main and sewer and one mile of major street, new water main and residential service lines through the heart of the Village, a 200,000-gallon water storage tank to provide water service for a business park and boost fire protection capabilities, and several street and bridge reconstruction projects. In addition, several grants and low-interest loans obtained from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, USDA and County Economic Development Corporation were administered for infrastructure improvements on behalf of the Village.