Posts tagged “City Employees

The secret life of CSPD’s Ronnie Horcica

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

2009 Employee of the YearIf you’re a longtime resident of Bryan-College Station and are familiar with local police departments, you might recognize Ronnie Horcica. He’s served in various civilian roles since he graduated from Bryan High School in 1981 and was named the City of College Station’s Employee of the Year in 2009.

What you might not know is that he’s also a radio legend – at least among polka fans.

“I don’t talk about it much, so a lot of people aren’t aware that I’ve also worked in radio for 27 years,” Horcica said.  “Both careers are in my blood.”


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CSPD officer used SABA kit to save citizen’s life

By Lt. Chuck Fleeger, CSPD Public Information Officer

badge-officerLate on the night of Oct. 15, Daniel Crites was among the College Station police officers who responded to a call about a person needing medical attention. Arriving ahead of paramedics, the officers found the individual’s condition rapidly deteriorating.

Officer Crites realized the person was having difficulty breathing and discovered that swelling had obstructed the airway. Crites inserted a pharyngeal tube from his department-issued Self Aid Buddy Aid (SABA) kit through the individual’s nose, allowing air into the lungs. The citizen was soon transported to a hospital and was successfully treated.

Paramedics and hospital personnel said Crite’s quick actions saved the person’s life.

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Can you imagine life without public works?

 

Most people take for granted that their trash will be picked up on time, their drinking water will be clean and public facilities will be properly maintained. But College Station’s public works infrastructure, facilities and services wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated professionals, engineers, managers and employees of the Public Works Department.

Efficient and professional public works programs manage our water, sewer, streets, traffic operations, drainage, fleet maintenance, public building maintenance, recycling and solid waste collection. These operations are vital for the safety, health and high quality of life we enjoy in our growing community.

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Public Works employee earns runner-up finish at International Road-E-O

Willie EverlineWillie Everline, a route manager in the Sanitation Division, placed second in the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) International Truck Road-E-O on Saturday in Denton.

A city employee for more than 11 years, Willie earned his runner-up trophy in the Roll-Off truck competition, which includes a timed obstacle course that is set up for seven specific scenarios. Drivers have to demonstrate good safety habits and smoothness of operation, and are graded on both while navigating the course.

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CS’s Garcia among state’s top equipment operators

DGarcia-3“…his professional ability to operate the clam shell bucket on his truck (is like) an artist operating the equipment.”

That’s what one College Station citizen wrote about city employee Daniel Garcia last spring in a letter to the editor of The Eagle.  On Tuesday, the sanitation route manager was named one of three equipment operators of the year in the state by the Texas Public Works Association. Garcia has been with the city since 1995.

 


Neeley reflects on tenure as College Station’s city manager

David Neeley

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the The Eagle on Sunday.

Jan. 11 was my last day as College Station’s city manager, which means the emails have stopped and my once-packed calendar is now clear. After 40 years of public service, this feels pretty good. I’m not quite done yet — I have some other things I’d like to do before begrudgingly accepting the label of “retired.”

I’d like to use this blog to look back at my four very exciting, always challenging, and supremely rewarding years with the City of College Station. As I told my staff during a small reception on my last day, I’ve never worked with a group of professionals — from front-line workers to department heads — more focused on serving the public.

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Live Blog: Tuesday’s City Council Special Workshop (Dec. 18)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s special workshop meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18. It’s not the official minutes.

The workshop will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Suddenlink Channel 19 on Wednesday at noon. The meeting also can be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the website.

2:14 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started. Councilmember Jess Fields is absent.

2:40 p.m.

State Legislative Plan

By a 6-0 vote, the council adopted the city’s State Legislative Plan for the 83rd  Legislature, which convenes in January. The legislative plan will be used to represent the city’s positions to legislators throughout the session.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Dec. 13)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Dec. 13. It’s not the official minutes.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the website.

4:05 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Nov. 8)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Nov. 8. It’s not the official minutes.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the site.

6:08 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started. Council member Katy-Marie Lyles is absent tonight.

6:22 p.m.

Employer Support of Guard/Reserves

Since Veteran’s Day is Sunday, the council received a special workshop presentation on the city’s support and hiring of veterans, and their participation in the Guard and Reserve. The council also recognized several service member/employees in attendance.

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Five Things to Watch at Thursday’s City Council Meetings

The College Station City Council will meet Thursday at city hall for its workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch on Thursday:

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Live Blog: Thursday’s City Council Meetings (Aug. 9)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Aug. 9. It’s not the official minutes.

The workshop and regular meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. An archive of previous council meetings also is available on the site.

6:05 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started. Council members Jess Fields and Dave Ruesink are absent.

6:44 p.m.

Proposed City Budget

The council got its first look at the city’s proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget, which includes a reduced property tax rate and no rate increases for most utilities for the second straight year, including electric and water. The tax rate is the city’s lowest in 12 years. A public hearing will be Aug. 23, and the council is set to adopt the budget on Sept. 13. The council will review the proposed budget at a series of workshops scheduled for Aug. 16-17 and Aug. 20-21.

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Treasure Found in City Drainage Ditch

Public Works Employees Reunite Aggie with Lost Ring

You wouldn’t think a typical drainage ditch would be a place to find lost treasure, but City of College Station maintenance crews through the years have found tons of valuable stuff in those muddy trenches: jewelry, wallets, purses, car keys, credit cards and even wads of cash are frequently uncovered by mowers and other equipment.

But the three-man crew mowing deep grass in a ditch near Southwest Parkway on Tuesday came across something they never expected. Eddie Bookman, a city employee since 2004, saw something resting on the bottom 2 x 4 of a fence that ran parallel to the ditch. At first, he thought the small object was just an old mud dauber nest. But as soon as he picked it up, he knew it was something a bit more special. Judging from the imprint on the wood, the item had been there for a very long time.

It was a mud-caked Aggie ring embossed with the year 2004.

Bookman summoned his co-workers, T.J. Pemberton and Ben Dickerson, and they found the name Nicholas McClure etched inside. Knowing that Aggies treasure nothing more than their class rings, the trio embarked on a valiant quest to locate Mr. McClure and reunite him with his lost treasure. They were also curious to find out how it came to rest in such an obscure place.

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Neeley: City Reorganization Will Save $1.5 Million

City Manager David Neeley sent the following email to city employees this morning:

To all City of College Station employees:

As you know, our city organization has faced serious budget challenges in recent years, and we have responded with significant reductions. Over the last three years, more than $5.3 million were cut from the city’s operations and maintenance budget, which allowed us to avoid layoffs. Despite those efforts, this year it’s necessary to take some highly regrettable but unavoidable measures as part of a broader reorganization. Specifically, I’m reducing the size of our city staff by eliminating 27 full and part-time positions, including 11 that are currently filled, 13 that are vacant, and three that will be eliminated through either retirement or accepting new positions.

These decisions do not reflect the job performance of the affected individuals and I genuinely appreciate and respect their dedicated service. Our hard-working employees are our very foundation, and this difficult action is taken only as a last resort after an exhaustive review of our entire organization. It is one of the saddest and most painful decisions of my professional career, but I firmly believe it is the right decision for our long-term fiscal health.

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