Public works director Ronnie Tuttle retires
Posted by : November 14, 2012| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank City Council said a fond “fare thee well” to Public Works Director Ronnie Tuttle Tuesday.
With the city for the past 12 years, Tuttle retired the end of October.
“Since he came to work for us, he’s taken us places the city has never been before, all for the better,” Councilman Tim Johnson said.
“He treated each one of us with so much respect and as individuals. That’s how he inspired each to do their best for the city,” longtime past city councilman Johnny Adams said.
Mayor Larry Teague presented a glossy plaque on behalf of the city engraved with many heartfelt words describing Tuttle’s character and service.
It reads: “Going far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect. This is what excellence is all about. It comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, looking after the smallest detail, and going the extra mile. Excellence means doing your very best, in everything, in every way.”
“It’s been a good 12 years,” Tuttle responded and rushed away, not trusting himself not to tear up.
Stepping up to his post is Tuttle’s assistant and protege Steve Barley. Consequently, the council voted to remove Tuttle’s name from signature cards on city bank accounts.
In other business, the council:
• approved a resolution establishing the City of Mabank Texas Insurance Trust Fund. It will provide health care insurance policies and benefits that are competitive and allow the city to pay insurance premiums through it as a nonprofit trust, achieving about a 2 percent savings annually. This totals about $2,400 with 30 currently participating employees, Teague explained.
•approved a resolution to enter into a finance contract with Government Capital Corporation for the purpose of procuring “hardware and software” for the police department’s new CopSinc system.
• approved a resolution to amend the “Policy Statement For Tax Abatement” to update the city ordinances to changes in the law. “Scott Confer (Economic Development Corporation executive director) found it,” Teague said.
• nominated Don McAfee to continue in Place 3 on the Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors for the next term beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
• heard from Tina Whitley with Mabank Floral. She introduced herself as a professional florist with more than 20 years experience who has been operating in the city for the past seven months as the most affordable florist in the area. Her shop will be one of the stops on this year’s Tour of Homes, Saturday Dec. 1. Teague attested to the shop’s first class service he and his family have received there.