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2000 Media Release


March 27, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents Award of Excellence For 1999

Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for 1999 to Mark Bisset and Richard Eubanks, both Waste Water Treatment Plant Operators with the Public Works and Utility Departments. The award recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city.

Bisset and Eubanks won the monthly award for June 1999, and each has already received a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. All 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.

Bisset and Eubanks were honored for their work on a project called SCADA - Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition. SCADA is a computerized instrumentation and automation software system scheduled to be installed at treatment plants throughout Lincoln.

"Mark and Richard spent countless hours as part of a project team mastering over eight new software packages in order to successfully implement the SCADA project," said Mayor Wesely at the awards ceremony. "They accomplished this with mostly hard work and diligence, receiving only limited structured training, and much of the work was done outside regular work hours."

Bisset and Eubanks designed, programmed and created nearly all of the 200 graphics for the project at the Theresa Street and Northeast facilities. Their supervisors say their achievements resulted in cost savings to the project and to the city.

Honored as Honorable Mention Recipients for 1999 were Kevin Schuessler and Larry Mitera, both Telemeter Control Technicians at the Ashland Water Treatment Plant. They were monthly winners for May 1999. They were honored for developing a strategy to respond to problems with the uninterruptable power supply components and batteries at the Greenwood pressure regulating station.

"Due to the high cost and frequency of replacements for these parts, Kevin and Larry took it upon themselves to look at alternative options," Mayor Wesely said. "After much problem solving and research, the idea of a small diesel generator was endorsed and eventually incorporated into the budget."

Supervisors say the efforts of Schuessler and Mitera saved the city more than $162,000 over the life of the facility.

All city employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Employees can be nominated in the categories of safety, productivity, loss prevention, customer relations and valor. 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.

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