City of Alcoa receives public works awards

Richard Threadgill (left) receives the award from Rick Whaley, TCAPWA president.

Richard Threadgill (left) receives the award from Rick Whaley, TCAPWA president.

The City of Alcoa was honored with two awards during the 2007 Annual Conference of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TCAPWA), held in Clarksville, Tenn. in October.

Richard Threadgill, serviceworker in the Street Services Division, received the TCAPWA Award of Merit. This award recognizes the dedicated service of public works personnel at the operational level who perform their responsibilities in an exceptionally efficient and courteous manner. Threadgill was selected for this award from among numerous nominees from public works agencies across the state. A 25-year employee of the City of Alcoa, Threadgill is presently assigned as the city’s street sweeper operator. A conscientious self-starter, he takes great pride in his work and carefully maintains his assigned equipment. James Trusty, street services supervisor said, “If every employee was like Richard, my job wouldn’t be needed; you would just have to have someone to hand out assignments.”

The City’s Water Treatment Plant received the TCAPWA Public Works Project of the Year Award. This qualifies the plant as a nominee for the 2008 American Public Works Association Top Ten Public Works Projects of the Year that will be announced at the national conference scheduled for New Orleans in September 2008. In presenting the award, the TCAPWA noted that the project epitomizes outstanding planning, construction and management. Key contributors to the project included the staff of Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., Architects’ International, and the Water Treatment and Engineering Services Divisions of the Public Works and Engineering Department.

Mayor, Don Mull said, “I am proud of both accomplishments, it is a real testament to the quality of our employees and their dedication toward excellence in the delivery of our municipal services to our citizens and customers.”

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