The city of Steamboat Springs recently recognized two city employees whose creative thinking saved the city and taxpayers time and money this year.
At an awards ceremony earlier this month, Doug Marsh and Ron Berig from the public works department were given the "Out of the Box" award for thinking outside the box.
City Manager Paul Hughes said he advises department leaders to pay attention for those city employees who come up with innovative solutions to solve city problems.
"We had an excellent example of thinking outside the box by Doug Marsh and Ron Berig's approach to using ground-up asphalt," Hughes said.
The two had the idea to use asphalt millings from the annual repaving program to pave gravel alleys downtown. Using the recycled asphalt enabled the city to complete the project in one year instead of three and cost the city $5,000 plus labor and equipment, compared to the estimated $75,000 that fresh paving would have cost, Hughes said.
When the city resurfaced Pine Grove Road, it produced a large pile of ground asphalt. Marsh and Berig came up with the idea to spread the millings on the unpaved alleys and to spray a rejuvenator agent to bond everything into a pavement-like material.
At the awards ceremony, the city also recognized long-time employees, those who gave exceptional customer service and those who have noticeable community involvement.
The customer service award was given to Kelly Stamp, Christina Freeman, Will Rogers and Gavin Malia.
Four city employers were honored for their community involvement. They were Ernie Jenkins, Josh Carrell, Kim Symalla and Bob Del Valle.
"It came to our attention our employees, in addition to their day job, put in a good deal of time working with community organizations," Hughes said.
The city also handed out the "Good Guy Award" to Chris Wilson, Mary Johnson, Tamie Buskirk, Kim Weber, Gary Campbell, Vince O'Connor and Donn Fowler.
Recognition also was given to 11 employees who had worked at the city for five years and five employees who had been with the city for 10 years.
Rick Crotz at the police department was recognized for being with the city for 15 years. Dan Chovan with public works and Carol Teasdale with internal services were honored for their 20 years with the city. Ross Kelly, a detective with the police department, was recognized for his 30 years with the city.
"It is always a pleasure every November to see how many city employees have been with the city for such a long time," Hughes said.
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