Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for June to Floyd Anderson, a Utility Plant Mechanic for the Public Works and Utilities Department. The monthly award recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting.
Anderson works for the wastewater division at the Northeast Treatment Plant and has worked for the city since 1981. He was nominated in the category of loss prevention by co-worker Brad Barber. Anderson devised an improved method of returning lagoon water from the injection facility back to the treatment plant. Previously, a dredge pump or large gas engine pump was used to recycle the water at about 900 gallons per minute. About two million gallons of water was pumped several times a year. Anderson's method creates a siphon and requires no energy.
"Each time the water is returned, we are saving the cost of running a 25-horsepower pump for about two days as well as maintenance costs," Wesely said. "Floyd's method also eliminates the need for plant staff to check the pump, which is especially important since the operation is partially unattended. His method is an example of labor and energy cost savings that are important to the efforts to optimize the facility's operation."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, safety, productivity and valor. All city employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.
Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department , which oversees the awards program. All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor's Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor. Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.