The third week of May is National Public Works Week, a celebration of the tens of thousands of American men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works. NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life and seeks to enhance the prestige of the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.
In honor of NPWW, Knox County wants to highlight outstanding employees from different public works divisions, starting with Highway Maintenance and employee Ed Neubert.
“Our highway crews work hard under tough conditions to maintain our county roads,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. “From filling a pothole to treating snowy roads, these men and women get the job done and they do it well.”
As an equipment operator with the Knox County Highway Department, Ed Neubert specializes in work with the paving crew operating a vibratory roller. He is retiring in May after working with the department for 17 years. Neubert is a Navy veteran who enjoys fishing and building rustic furniture in his spare time.
“On the paving crew, the summer days are long and hot but I’ve enjoyed the work with my crew,” said Neubert.
Knox County Highway Maintenance is the most recognizable division of public works. Most days highway crews can be seen working on road repairs and maintaining county right of ways, but these workers do much more than meets the eye.
Laborers cut and remove storm debris, treat roadways during winter weather, remove dead animals, level roads, mow right-of-ways, repair potholes and perform dozens of other tasks to maintain safety on our county roads. They also act as first responders in storms and other emergency situations.
Knox County would like to thank Ed Neubert for his dedicated service to our community, and congratulate him on his upcoming retirement.
For all the men and women who work diligently to maintain our roadways, update infrastructure, keep roads safe during inclement weather and all the other countless aspects of public works, Knox County thanks you.
More information on National Public Works Week can be found at www.apwa.net/discover/National-Public-Works-Week.