I ran into a friend last week and asked how his Christmas was.

He smiled and explained as a city employee, he spent it working 16 hours to fix city water main breaks after the cold weather and helping folks repair their pipes so they could have a holiday. It's what he does.


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Bailey Jones


Noel Spencer

Tom, thanks for reminding us that we should remember those who work for the city and others in public service. They do so much and yet it often is underappreciated.

domenico nuckols

Thanks for the letter. Sometimes we all need a little push.

Jeffrey Hill

Thanks, Tom. Today I will write an email I’ve been remiss about sending to the the City thanking Scott on City truck #1279 for turning off water in a dangerous spot on our street on Christmas Eve. He was kind, courteous and polite. I will also commend City Emergency for an outstanding job in responding to a neighbor’s medical emergency the day after Christmas. Great reminder!!

Ed Buckner

Mr. Schwenk, thank you. I live in a different part of the country, but your thoughtful message applies here as well. Public servants, including even most politicians, deserve our serious understanding and gratitude. Happy New Year 2023 to all.

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