BCWA head gets 3 percent raise


Pam Marchand is getting a raise.

The Bristol County Water Authority's executive director, who has been paid $125,000 per year since being hired in early 2012, was approved for a 3 percent raise by a 6-2 vote of the authority's Board of Directors Wednesday night. The raise, which runs retroactive to her one-year anniversary date in February 2013, will up her salary to approximately $128,750.

Warren representatives William Gosselin and Ray Palmieri were the only two board members to vote against the raise, which was discussed in closed session before a public vote. Director Gina McDonald did not attend.

The raise was less than first considered by the board, which last month considered giving her a 5 percent raise. Mr. Palmieri was vocally opposed to the hike at the time, saying he felt uncomfortable approving a raise that would bring Ms. Machand's salary above that of Rhode Island's governor.

Coincidentally, the 3 percent raise leaves her below Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who earns $129,210 per year.


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This is absolutely unbelievable. Am Executive Director is hired to do TWO jobs. Shortly after being hired she says that it is too much for her. Insted of reducing the salary agreement... she gets a raise?????? How does this make any sense?

And where is Director McDonald on all of these important votes???

Very disappointing!

Thank you Ray and Bill for standing up for the customers and what is right!

Saturday, September 14, 2013 | Report this
Jack Baillargeron

What a bunch of the usual BS from the Board. So they went with the $460.00 so it would not be the same as the Gov. Big deal. Should be zero raise. Thought she was hired to be the director and an engineer and now she wants another $100.000 a year employee (I can probably see a friend coming in on that one) in my opinion.

Dismantle this BS of a cash cow for the selected few "Pump Station" and turn it over to the State!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The money savings in Administration alone should take care of anymore rate increases that are coming very soon. The towns need to wake up; especially the Councils and bury this Taxpayer Rape Cabal once and for all.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 | Report this
Jack Baillargeron

On another note, myself and 1,400 other customers are still with lousy water pressure, paying more for electricity to run pressure pumps, go through water filters on appliances and cutting the life of dishwashers by 50% or more like no tomorrow (it stains everything, smells and taste awful) because of the crap in the water (this is due to the pressure being so low in the mains that contaminates are pulled into the home and are a health hazard according to the R.I. Health Department recent Study done, which is writing new rules).

Saturday, September 14, 2013 | Report this
Jack Baillargeron

Sorry 2400 customers mostly in Bristol.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 | Report this
Jack Baillargeron

$460.00 less than the Gov.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 | Report this

In my opinion, she has done absolutely nothing to warrant this raise. I was naively hoping they would restructure her contract for less money, since she is only able to do 50% of the job she was hired for.

I have been told that she is out golfing on most of the nice days.

I don't think she even understands what she was hired to do. She certainly didn't do much in Providence, which is probably why she was let go.

Providence is going to have a 24% rate increase soon - to pay for replacing the 100+ year old infrastructure (pipes) that she didn't plan for when she was at Providence. Nor did she, in her position on the RI Water Resources Board, make herself do it.

And now, BCWA ratepayers will have a rate increase passed on to us by Providence.

Time to dismantle folks... you don't need this cash cow!

The problem is that almost everyone who votes on these decisions has an achilles heel and they are running scared. Thank goodness for Ray and Bill!

Sunday, September 15, 2013 | Report this

I applied for a job in the BCWA. I tested the highest and have the highest licensing in treatment/distribution and was not considered for an interview. When I contacted the BCWA about how I was no even given the professional curtsey of an interview the e-mails stopped coming. Ms. Marchant is doing what they all do, hire their friends for big jobs and hire their friends kids of entree level jobs.

Thanks go to the board for hiring another politically connected person putting in their time before they retire with a big fat pension.

Monday, September 23, 2013 | Report this

I am sorry, I am a Warren resident and live 0.8 miles from the BCWA, and I am not worthy to work for the Marchant/Booth water authority.

Monday, September 23, 2013 | Report this

You are absolutely correct Robert! It is a private club! And the people that have been hired since Marchand took command are "in the club"! This is a travesty! Why don't the residents petition their representatives and senators to close this cash cow down and have the PUC regulate it? Are they afraid their brake lines will be cut? (as mine were)?

Monday, September 23, 2013 | Report this

It is too bad Marina, letting her in was a big mistake.

They pushed the old Executive Director out for being a tyrant and a bully and were happy to bring Marchand in. Very, very big mistake, there are tons of engineers that would love that job. She has a job posted now for an engineer to take over the construction end, isn't that Marchand/Booth's jobs??? Why does the BCWA need another engineer at a high salary, what is her function???

The definition of a water/treatment operator is to gain the highest licensing possible and maintain the licensing through continuing education.

Marchand has never bothered to take an exam in distribution/treatment???

Her "friend" Booth has never taken an exam he was given his distribution license (Grandfathered) Why hasn't he every bothered to take a treatment exam "he wouldn't be able to pass"

I have taken and passed every water/treatment exam there is but I am not worthy of employment due to dirty deals and handshaking.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | Report this

Put a pressure gauge on the supply line after the meter and before any filters, pumps or restrictions. If the dynamic (running) pressure is below twenty psi contact the state board of health. The public water supply has to give you twenty psi dynamic pressure or they are in violation.

Not that anyone does anything about these issues.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Report this

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