Every day is different for Scott Treece and that’s just how he wants it.
Treece, Public Works Director for the city of New Castle, does more between 7 and 10 a.m. than most will do in an eight-hour shift.
Treece starts his day by reading the city’s master water meters as they enter the city from the county water lines. New Castle has about 15 miles of water lines within the city and consumes about 60,000 gallons daily. Treece records usage from the meters in order to track not just money owed by the city to county for water usage, but also for leaks.
He oversees operations at the city’s waste management plant, maintains city streets in the event of snow, does general maintenance on city owned buildings and maintains the lawns during the summer for all city properties.
“I do this 365 days a year. Christmas morning I am in here doing reports that we send monthly to the state,” Treece said. “We are required to do residual chlorine check daily. Last Sunday I checked the readings, got back home and got a call that the water load dock had broke down.”
He is on call at all times, and considers it just part of the job.
“I like everything about my job. Everyday is not the same. There is a variety of things to do around here,” Treece said. “I ‘m not cut out for factory work. There are days I’m outside all day and some days I am in the office, it’s a laid back atmosphere. It’s a good town to work in and everyone is laid back and friendly.”
The job requires Treece to improvise and make cost effective decisions. He installed a dehumidifier in the underground chamber near the city’s water tower to remove problematic moisture and used a water line to fix the uphill flow of water coming into the northern side of the city.
Treece has educated himself on the job. His every-day work knowledge is just one part of his toolkit. On the day of the interview, a pump at the waste management plant gave a high amperage reading. Treece responded with the calm of experience as the pump was clogged by a shredded adult brief.
“One of these pumps must be clogged,” Treece said. “These two pumps can manage 750 gallons of waste a minute. The whole system is designed to pump waste into our lagoons and within 60 days it is processed, hit with chlorine and then we kill the chlorine with sulfur dioxide.”
Treece explained the water travels down an aeration ladder boosting more oxygen in the water before it returns into the creek by the plant and further into Henry County waterways.
The state requires that a certified public works director must remain reasonably accessible at all times.
“I have to able to respond to a problem if it arises within a couple of hours,” Treece said. “If I want to go on vacation Bill Smith (Public Works Director for the city of Eminence) and I have a working agreement. If there is a problem I could be called out at all times of the night, but I wouldn’t change things at all.”
Treece moved to Henry County after his father took a job in the county as the high school principal. He loves small town life and wouldn’t have it any other way. Treece lives with his wife and two daughters in Gest. When he isn’t working, he enjoys hunting or taking a trip on his motorcycle down back roads with his brother who also rides.
“My dad pastored the church at Orrville and my wife went there that’s how we met.”
“If I’m not riding a motorcycle or hunting I’m working on something,” Treece said. “I have taken my older daughter hunting and my younger one is dying to go. That ‘s just me in a nutshell.”