Thank you, public works team

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Over the last five months, the Cassville City Council has discussed an increase for city water and sewer rates. Last night, the aldermen finally reached a decision. The discussion surrounding the proposed rate increase was often controversial and created many volatile situations for Cassville officials, citizens and business leaders. Throughout this process, 11 members of the Cassville public works team continued to serve local citizens by making repairs to broken water lines, replacing failing meters, televising sewer lines, completing park improvements, winterizing the Aquatic Center and many, many other tasks.

When there is division in a community, it is easy to get caught up in the turmoil associated with the issue and overlook the people who are innocently caught in the middle. This week, I would like to say thank you to Cassville's public works team. I encourage area residents to join me in showing appreciation for this group of individuals. Yes, they are doing a job that they are paid to do, but they are also doing a job that requires them to be on-call 24 hours a day. In order to ensure Cassville citizens are able to enjoy clean water and efficient sewer services these men are often pulled away from their families at dinner, in the middle of the night and on holidays to address utility issues.

The Cassville public works team includes: Steve Walensky, public works director; Paul Duncan, wastewater operator; Keith Gregory, parks maintenance; Steve Henderson, wastewater superintendent; Dwayne Moller, public works foreman; Stan Patton, public works heavy equipment operator; Larry Privett, public works maintenance; Mike Ratcliffe, public works heavy equipment operator; Dave Ridenour, wastewater technician; Kenny Schieler, parks maintenance foreman; and Jim Steward, public works maintenance.

If you know one of these men or just see them out doing their daily job, take a moment to thank them for their service. I know none of them would ask for a pat on the back, but I'm sure they would appreciate knowing that the community recognizes the efforts they put in for our city.

Lindsay Reed