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At April 24th Lebanon Board of Works meeting, Street Department Foreman Craig Hurst was surprised with a plaque, commemorating his 30 years of service to the City of Lebanon.

“We wanted to honor Craig because he’s spent 30 years with the city now,” said Street Superintendent Dave Newell. Thirty winters of leaving your family to go out and plow snow. That’s a huge commitment. We’ve got guys coming and going now so it’s a pretty cool feet for Craig and we are proud to have him and we’re glad to have him as part of the team.”

“Just want to say, on behalf of the City and the citizens, how grateful we are for your service and your commitment to the City of Lebanon,” added Mayor Matt Gentry. “It’s greatly appreciated. You’ve been a model employee for us and a great leader for us, and we appreciate everything you’ve been doing for us. Congratulations.”

“I was really surprised,” chuckled Hurst. “I knew something was up. I didn’t know if it was my pink slip or what, but when I saw my family, I hoped it was good news.”

“A plaque doesn’t do enough,” said Newell. “The coolest thing about it was telling his guys and his crew. Some of them were here tonight to show their support. Having his family here for it was terrific as well. It just says a lot for Craig and all the people up there. Hopefully it reassures Craig that he is an important pillar in the community. It just means a lot that so many people see the great work he does. I’m glad that he knows that it’s just not the Street Department that sees it, but event outside of our department Craig is known.”

“The excitement for me is the new stuff coming. Before, we had five trucks and tried to take care of the whole town. My goal is to try to make it to at least 40, along as Dave(Newell) doesn’t get rid of me tomorrow,” laughed Hurst.

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