Municipal works employees feted for battling winter weather

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CORNWALL, Ontario - City of Cornwall municipal works employees were recognized on Thursday, April 3rd, for their efforts during a challenging winter season that saw them dealing with bouts of freezing rain, numerous broken water mains and of course, lots of snow.

The Municipal Works Department held a staff appreciation lunch on April 3 at the Municipal Works Garage on Ontario Street.

The employees were treated to a pizza lunch at the municipal works garage on Ontario Street.

Councillor Syd Gardiner, CAO Norm Levac, infrastructure & municipal works general manager John St. Marseille, Bill deWit, division manager and the municipal works supervisors were on hand to dole out pizza slices and offer some words of thanks.

“The impact that you have on our residents, whether it be water or sewer or roads, is tremendous,” said Councillor Gardiner, who served as acting mayor for the event.

Levac also thanked the employees for their hard work and dedication, especially during the difficult winter season. The city has over 275 kilometres of roadways and 175 kilometres of sidewalks to care for, so digging out after a major snowstorm can be a very challenging task.

“Congratulations guys and good job,” Levac told the employees. “You play a critical role in the overall operation of our city.”

The city used the occasion to introduce the municipal works team player award, a new program that allows employees to recognize one of their peers for going above and beyond what is expected. Among other things, this can include an action beyond their regular work assignment or exemplary service to our citizens.

St. Marseille presented the awards, with Tommy Sauve, health and safety supervisor, to eight municipal works employees – Phil Deserres, Todd Prieur, Kevin Drew, Bernie Pare, Brian Bray, Fern Amelotte, Ron Lauzon, and Ray Ravary.

“These employees are the face of municipal works in our community and they do a tremendous job of taking care of the important infrastructure that our residents and businesses rely on every day,” said St. Marseille.

The employees received gift certificates along with the award. In addition, some City of Cornwall apparel was handed out as door prizes. A 50/50 draw was also held, with $200 being raised for the Agape Centre.

Organizations: Agape Centre

Geographic location: Ontario Street, Cornwall

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