The employees of the Public Works Department gathered at Mathis Auditorium on Wednesday, May 22, to be publicly recognized by city leaders and their peers for their performance and dedication year-round. The Employee Appreciation Luncheon, held in observance of National Public Works Week, is one of many events taking place this week to highlight the services provided by the staff of the city's Public Works Department.
“Every year we pay respect to what our employees do, serving the citizen, making sure we take care of the city,” said Richard Hardy, Public Works Director. "Just like any other department within the city, we have some individuals who work around the clock to make sure that they take care of the city. We just want to make sure we show them how appreciated they are."
At the event, Hardy presented the 2019 Superior Performance awards to the following:
- Yeusheca Lissimore – Customer Service Division
- Mynor Recinos – Right-of-way Division
- Leroy Avellanda – Yard Trash Division
- Darin Moore – Residential Garbage Division
- Roger Roundtree – Commercial Collections Division
- Elmore Cowins – Recycling Collections Division
- Alexander Merritt – Maintenance Center
- Mecedes Cason – Facilities Division/Mathis Auditorium
- Andre Winston - Sunset Hill Cemetery
- Lennis Battles- 30 Years of Service
The national observance, sponsored by the American Public Works Association (APWA), was instituted in 1960. This year’s theme is “It Starts Here”. This theme represents the many facets of modern civilization that grow out of the efforts put forth by the public works professionals across North America. What starts here? Infrastructure starts with public works... Growth and innovation starts with public works... Mobility starts with public works... Security starts with public works... Healthy communities start with public works... The bottom line is that citizens' quality of life starts with public works.
The Valdosta Public Works Department is responsible for the daily operation of residential and commercial sanitation services, right-of-way street maintenance, facilities maintenance, repair of city vehicles and equipment, and street sweeping in residential areas as well as designated state routes.
Department staff also collects and properly disposes of recycling, bulk items and yard trash for city customers. For the protection of citizens, the Public Works Department also provides a mosquito spraying and larvacide program. In addition, the Mathis Auditorium and Sunset Hill Cemetery are managed by the Public Works Department.
For more information about National Public Works Week in Valdosta, contact the Public Works Department at 229-259-3597.