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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
April 23, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents Award of Excellence for March

Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to a team of technical personnel from the Radio Maintenance Shop. The monthly award recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting.

Plaques were presented to Radio Maintenance Supervisor Ray Ryan and the team of Pete Crawford, Ron Erickson, Greg Trook and Nick Zabka. They were nominated in the category of productivity by 911 Manager Julie Righter, Finance Director Don Herz, Police Chief Tom Casady and Fire Chief Mike Spadt.

The team was honored for its quick work in moving one of the city's two radio towers, which handle transmissions for the Police, Fire and Sheriff's Departments and other agencies. The tower at 6th and Charleston streets was scheduled to be rebuilt, and the baseball complex made it necessary to relocate the tower as well. It was necessary to keep the tower in northwest Lincoln to maintain the signal quality in the downtown and northwest areas of the city and county. Ryan worked to locate a suitable site which also complied with the Capitol environs corridors and FAA turning and landing paths. The new tower was built near 14th and Military streets on property the city has leased from the State Military Department.

A quick move was necessary because relocating the tower site meant shutting it down, greatly degrading all transmissions. This impacted all users, including the public safety agencies. The city's radio vendor advised officials that a move of this magnitude could take a week.

"With careful planning and execution by Ryan and his staff, the north site was back on line and fully functional in just nine hours," said Mayor Wesely. "The team's hard work and dedication on this project are greatly appreciated by those whose work depends on the radio system as well as the citizens that they serve."

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, safety, loss prevention and valor. All city employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.

.Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department , which oversees the awards program. All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor's Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor.

Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.

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