Leisure services hoping to add new position in 2017

By Sarah Rae
December 15, 2016 - 8:17am

After a report revealed leisure services management staff are spending a collective 27 hours every day just on scheduling, the department asked to create a new position to help lighten the load.

Director of leisure services Bill Samborski made an appeal to North Battleford City Council last night, Dec. 14, to approve the new position. He said he was shocked to learn the time spent on scheduling.

“That is taking away from creative programming, quality control, and safety supervision,” he said. “It's a significant, ultimate priority to us. Our [employee] scheduling… doesn't always happen between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. either–we’re getting texts, emails, phone calls in the evenings, on weekends, and it's affecting the quality of life of some of these people.”

Samborski said knowing how much time is spent on scheduling, he wondered if just one additional staff member would be enough. He said the department would evaluate further, but for this year the new position will suffice.

According to the draft 2017 budget, the new scheduler position will be a $53,000 cost to the city.

Council continues to deliberate on the 2017 budget, and will approve portions of it over the next few months.

 

Sarah Rae is a reporter for battlefordsNOW. She can be reached at [email protected] or tweet her @sarahjeanrae.

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