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November 06, 2012 | 04:12 PMFONTANA — Calling it a "bittersweet" decision, Fontana's director of public works is leaving for a larger community.
Craig Workman, who has held the position for 1o years, resigned Nov. 1 to take the same position with the city of Burlington.
"I'll miss working for the village," he said in a phone interview. "It's been a great 10 years. I'd like to think I've learned quite a bit as I've been improving the village. It's a bittersweet change. I am excited to move on, but I'm sad to see this chapter of my life close."
According to Workman, the village board "had some discussion" about trying to keep him.
"But the time is right," he said. "As far as my career is concerned, it's a good move."
Before the village hired Workman as public works director, he was a member of the village's plan commission and the public works committee.
"I worked for an environmental consulting firm," he said. "I had lived in Fontana for almost five years then. When the position became available in Fontana, as an engineer familiar with the village's goals through the Community Development Authority, I applied for the job."
During his tenure as director, Workman was responsible for overseeing $30 million in CDA projects.
"When I first started, the CDA was just beginning on that major capital improvement plan," he said. "It was my primary job to see that project through to completion. In addition, there were existing water system and sanitary systems that I've been responsible for."
When he starts in Burlington, Workman said the hardest part will be getting to know the "people and personalities."
"As far as the infrastructure goes, that comes pretty quickly," he said. "I'm familiar with the city and the operating system. What's really going to take time is getting to know everyone and working with my new peers. It's going to take time to build new relationships."
Workman will continue working for Fontana through the first week in December, and he offered his help to the board in hiring a replacement.
"I'm definitely interested in the success of the public works department," he said. "I offered my assistance in order to make sure that happens."
According to Village Administrator Kelly Hayden, the village has still not received all payments for the Fontana Triathlon held Aug. 25. "We received a check Oct. 11 from Russell Larsen (event organizer)," Hayden said. "That check did bounce."
The board approved dividing the payment into three installments during a July meeting. Two payments of $5,000 were due before the event, and a third payment of $10,000 was due by Sept. 5.
"To date, the village has received the $5,000 down payment and now $1,000 toward the $10,000 balance," Hayden said in an email. "Hopefully, we will not have to pursue legal options."