They dig ditches, inspect sewers and manage the collection of Allen’s trash. But from May 15-21 Allen’s public works employees are getting time in the spotlight.
The city is honoring engineers, maintenance workers and customer service staff in recognition of Public Works Week. Mayor Stephen Terrell noted the dedication of these employees during the council meeting on May 10.
“The health, safety and comfort of the Allen community greatly depends on…the dedicated personnel who staff the Community Services and Engineering departments,” said Mayor Terrell. “The men and women of the profession are always there and always ready.”
Steve Massey, director of Allen’s Community Services department, called special attention to the work of one Allen public works employee: streets and drainage foreman Ronnie Bates. Working with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Bates helped launch north Texas’ first mutual aid agreement for public works departments. The agreement allows 45 cities to share resources in a disaster.
“He was one of the masterminds, the backbones, the most essential person in forming this group of cities that would come to each other under a mutual aid agreement,” said Massey.
The program was critical to Rowlett’s recovery following a tornado that damaged the city in Dec. 2015. Allen public works employees helped their counterparts in Rowlett for three full weeks “because it’s the right thing to do,” said Massey.
Rowlett recently presented a resolution and plaque of appreciation to Allen public works employees, thanking them for their service.