‘Good Neighbors’ recognized for dedication to city parks

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 13, 2015

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ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester parks team, which includes Johnnie Fuller, Karl Maier and Collin Pettite, was recently honored with a special Good Neighbor Award for its commitment and dedication to Rochester’s parks.

The Rochester City Beautiful Commission presented Department of Public Works Director David Anson with the awards at the April 27 City Council meeting.

Fuller, Maier and Pettite were nominated for the award by the City Beautiful Commission.

“With City Beautiful, we have a goal to beautify Rochester. Thankfully, we are lucky that the city employee staff does that. We are even luckier that the individuals who do that go above and beyond … and for us, that means everything. We feel they go above and beyond every day, and we have three of them,” said Lynn Oates, chair of the City Beautiful Commission.

Oates said the three individuals go above and beyond the scope of their day-to-day jobs.

“These are three individuals who obviously love their job. They put tender love and care into everything. They do it to the fullest. They give us feedback, and we can work with them as a fabulous team. We know they get asked questions every day, and they do it with a smile on their face. They are great ambassadors to the city, and we just want them to know how much they mean to us,” she said.

Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said many of the city’s employees constantly go above and beyond. 

“It is great that the CBC has recognized the parks staff for the pride they take in their job. The city’s excellent parks and the employees’ dedication to maintaining them contributes positively to the quality of life in our community,” he said in an email.

Members of the City Beautiful Commission say Rochester is beautiful because of the many good neighbors who continually go above and beyond, and the commission encourages the public to nominate those who make every day in Rochester a more beautiful day.

Nominees must be Rochester residents but do not need to be employed by the city, and they must have made a significant contribution to their community during the current calendar year quarter. The nominators will be asked to describe, in 400 words or fewer, why they think the people they are nominating deserve the award. Those selected will be recognized at a City Council meeting and will receive a plaque.

For more information, contact City Beautiful Commission Secretary Mark Panter at (248) 651-0515.

Visit www.rochestermi.org/cbc for a Good Neighbor Award nomination form.

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