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Thank YOU David, for spearheading this important community activity for all the past years.
Hi Rob. Well written - HOWEVER, while it may seem that the amount of PTO earned by city staff (my personal experience is with Parks, Open Space and Recreation), seems exhorbitent, an interesting dynamic in the amount of PTO earned by individual city employee's, is the amount of PTO that these same employees SHARE with others who suffer some type of catastrophic illness or accident and do not have enough PTO to see them through their illness or accident. City staff are incredibly generous in transferring time that they know they will not personally use to others, who will suffer by not having enough time accumulated due to tenure.
This may not be germain to the focus of your essay, which will, typically, generate a lot of discussion, but I thought it important for folks to know how generous city staff are with the PTO they earn and do not personally use, to help co-workers in need.
In late May of 2001, Gary Crawford invited a complete stranger and his son (that would be Matt and I), to play at the Sheraton Golf Club after a chance meeting at The Tap House, on our first night here. His open, friendly and welcome to this town evidences just what Steamboat Springs is all about - the caring people in this community.
Good Luck Gary and Kim. You will be missed.
Oh man - the boys are going to get that experience alright versus Kent! Good luck fella's and Don!
The thousands of times that my staff and I circled the ball fields - creating a night time dust storm - at Howelsen each year; for 6 years, will always stay with me as I reflect on my tenure as a Parks Supervisor with the City.
The support and appreciation that your organization offered to us - personally - every single day - was the motivating factor in us willing to put in the hours and hours necessary each night, to have the fields ready for "your teams" and your staff, to arrive each morning at 5:30 am. For them to complement the appearance of the fields and the turf grass as they walked onto Klumpker, Vab Atta et al, made it all worth it, Dave.
I know the guys who were with me each night; and those who have come after us, feel the same way. It's hard work - but was always worth it!
I still take great pride in my relationship with you, your staff and the entire organization.
Rule 7: Don't buy a "Legends" jersey (or sweater in the case of hockey). How silly is it to walk around in a Boston Bruins #4 or Chicago Blackhawks #9. No one is going to mistake you for Orr or Hull!
I am beginning to believe that cruel, "ill", thoughtless statements; or comments meant to inflame or criticize someone or something are a result of the instantaneous, social networking, blogging mentality, that it is alright to say ANYTHING to anyone, because once someone hits the "send" button - they incorrectly believe that the comment is gone and they can move on with life, feeling good about themselves. I am afraid there isn't much consideration out there anymore for how a comment might make someone else feel.
Congrats Chris Baumann. You've worked awfully hard, for a lot of years to reach this level of performance. Maybe you're the "New-Old Bo-Bo!" Good on ya!
Everybody knows what the speed limit is in our town. Deal with it!
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