DPW makes changes

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By TJ Morris
The Williamston Post

The Williamston City Council has approved the hiring of a full-time Department of Public Works employee. Approval was needed because the new employee will start before the old employee retires.

Retiring employee JK, Richardson “was the most experienced. He led when going out to plow roads” said Scott De Vries, DPW director.

JK Richardson stands outside of his work truck.

JK Richardson stands outside of his work truck.

Richardson has worked with the city for more than 20 years. He worked at the water treatment plant, assisted with water service and also led in plowing roads. Richardson recently announced that he will retire at the end of the year.

City council members approved of the overlapping workers saying, it would be good for Richardson to pass down some of his knowledge to the new employee before he leaves in December.

DPW is also busy working on an East Riverside Street storm drain. The bottom pipe of the storm drain has corroded away causing all of the debris to flow freely into the red cedar.

During the meeting, De Vries stated that the job has already been appraised and his crew should begin work early as Oct. 13.

“Please don’t put your leaves out this week” said De Vries.

The city is flushing the water systems and Scott wants all residents to wait till at least Friday before they begin raking leaves into the street. He also reminded residents on grand river to not rake their leaves directly into the street but to just rake them up to the curb.

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