South Windsor celebrates National Public Works Week

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., May. 20, 2011
The South Windsor Water Pollution Control staff was awarded the Richard Boudreault Employment Award. Shown here are Fred Shaw, Superintendent of Pollution Control (second from left); Tim Friend, Plant Supervisor (center); Richard Boudreault's sons Adam and Josh, and his wife Sue Boudreault. Photo by John Marchesseault. - Contributed Photo

May 16 through May 20 was National Public Works Week, a celebration of tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works.

The South Windsor Public Works Department celebrated the week with the 15th Annual Equipment and Job Demonstration at Eli Terry Elementary School.

At the May 16 meeting of the South Windsor Town Council, the following awards were presented in observance of the week: the 2011 Public Works Citizen Award to Richard Roback; the 2011 Public Works Business Partnership Awards to Michael Covensky (formally of Coven Construction Environmental Services) and the Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI) – Transfer Technology Center Staff at UConn; and the 2011 Richard Boudreault Employee Award to the Water Pollution Control staff.

Richard Roback, this year’s Citizen Award recipient, has consistently provided the Public Works Department with both positive and constructive feedback on many of the department’s programs and projects. His feedback has raised staff awareness of issues facing the public and has helped the Public Works staff better appreciate programs and project issues in the community.

Over the years, Mike Covensky has helped the town develop and update the town public improvement specifications, has offered reasonable and cost-effective ideas on how to approach numerous construction projects, and has provided constructive feedback on  operations in general. His contributions have played an instrumental role in improving the quality of the town’s approach to construction projects.

The staff at the CTI Technology Transfer Center- including Donna Shea, Mary McCarthy, Stehanie Merrall, and Shelly Desjardin - have helped the Public Works Department in meeting training needs, answering the tough questions of the week, and by being facilitators across the various professional Public Works and state and local transportation agencies in Connecticut. The staff at CTI has made a difference in how Public Works employees view and approach their jobs in South Windsor.

The Richard Boudreault Public Works Award is given to an employee or group of employees who have best exemplified the qualities of the late Richard Boudreault, facilities manager/assistant to the director of Public Works – dedication, innovation, cost-consciousness and enthusiasm for their work. The Water Pollution Control staff has provided extraordinary effort in reviewing the design plans, providing value added suggestions and monitoring the construction of the Water Pollution Control Facility Upgrade. Members of the staff include C. Fred Shaw, Tim Friend, Jim Fox, Charlie Albert, Dave Geng, Kathryn Foley, Bruce Lundie, Greg Bisi, Alex Kaminski, Mike Romejko and Jason Gillette.

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