Town Manager Tuesdays: Snow Parking Plans and A Town Employee Honored
"Oh, No, Snow" and exemplary town employees.
Part of what makes working in local government so interesting is working with talented staff and volunteers. Today I have lots to say about Town employees. In an upcoming Town Manager's Tuesday I'll talk about our equally talented board and committee members.
1.) Let it Snow – Effective Dec. 1, the Police Department will begin enforcing the town’s bylaw, which prohibits all night parking on Town streets. The purpose of this bylaw is to keep streets relatively clear during snow events. Warning cards were issued beginning on Friday, Nov. 18 to motorists parked on the street overnight. The bylaw prohibits parking on the street for more than one hour between 2 and 6 a.m.
2.) Congratulations to Bill Hadley – Public Works Director Bill Hadley has been awarded the J. Francis Granger Award, presented annually to a Highway official for outstanding public works service, from the Norfolk-Bristol-Middlesex (NBM) Highway Association. They also call it “The Man of the Year” Award. Bill was recognized before 400 of his colleagues from these three counties.
3.) A Job Well Done – Last week, the Selectmen and I hosted our annual employee recognition event to thank town staff for their work this past year and, in particular, to recognize those municipal employees with long tenure with the town (10-50 years in five-year increments). This was a particularly busy year for the town with the snowy winter (80 inches of snow), Tropical Storm Irene in August and the surprise snow storm on October 29-30. In each case, because of the seriousness of these events, we asked our residents to shelter-in-place, a fancy way of saying ‘stay home.’ Yet, at the same time, we asked our employees to leave their homes and families to come to their jobs in Lexington to address the impact that these events have on our residents and businesses. In addition to these extreme weather events, Town staff delivers many services that you see every day and, for some of our most vulnerable residents, services and support that most residents may not necessarily see, but are provided behind the scenes and are our crucial to these residents. In my six years in Lexington I have had the privilege of working with an outstanding and talented group of staff throughout the town’s many departments. I don’t get to say it enough to them – ‘thank you for a job well done.’
4.) Crime Solved – On Monday afternoon, Police Officers in another town took into custody a Woburn man for two shoplifting warrants. He was then transported to Lexington where, following questioning by detectives, he was charged with the recent bank robbery in Lexington. Crimes do not recognize town borders. This arrest came as a result of Lexington Detectives networking with another police department who recognized our suspect in a photo which, together with corroborating physical evidence from the scene and a corroborating report received from a "Mass Most Wanted" website, lead to the arrest. All in a day’s work.