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Carrollton Public Works Earns Two State Level Awards
Posted Date: 7/14/2014 8:00 AM
The City of Carrollton Public Works Department recently received two awards from the Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TPWA).

One of the accolades goes to Michael Brighton, Public Works Division Manager, for Professional Manager of the Year—Transportation.

“The nomination from my leadership group was an honor in itself, but to actually win the award was truly a surprise,” Brighton said.

Brighton heads the Traffic Operations Division within Public Works and has made valuable contributions to the City’s transportation needs since he was hired in 1993. He and his team recently saw success through a contract renewal for services as a competitive business unit with the City Manager’s office.

“My team has made these accomplishments possible,” Brighton said. “Without their hard work and positive attitudes, Traffic Operations wouldn’t be the quality department that it is.”

Robert Kopp, Director of Public Works, agrees. “Mike is an outstanding leader.” Kopp said. “His commitment to excellence is evidenced by his team’s high levels of standards and their many achievements despite some long term vacancies in his business unit.”

The second TPWA award goes to the Water Utilities Division which earned recognition on sustainability for its continued operational success in balancing both environmental and social needs of the communities within Carrollton.

Overall, the Division distributes approximately 7.8 billion gallons of water annually throughout 512 miles of water mains, three pump stations, and ground and elevated water storage. Carrollton has the lowest annual water and sewer utility rates of 19 comparative cities according to this year’s Residential Municipal Cost of Service Survey.

Brian Little, Water Utilities Manager, mentioned the Division’s overall goals include incorporating community outreach activities like the Cease the Grease Program and Fix a Leak Week, as well as pursuing initiatives that directly and positively impact the environment such as the Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Agreement that details the City’s compliance with the Clean Water Act.

The awards banquet is Thursday, June 19 in Galveston where Brighton, Kopp, and John Jackson, Public Works Maintenance Supervisor, will accept the awards for the City.

The City of Carrollton also received the 2010 TPWA Public Works Project of the Year for the North Transmission Water Line project, as well as the 2011 TPWA Public Works Project of the Year Award in two different categories, for the Columbian Club Pump Rehabilitation and the South Main Street Reconstruction project. In 2012, Carrollton was awarded the Public Works Project of the Year Award in the division of projects less than $2 million for the Fyke Road Lift Station Rehabilitation. And in 2013, the City won the same award for the Furneaux Creek 5 Channel Improvement Project.

For more information on the outstanding work the Public Works Department brings to the residents of Carrollton, visit cityofcarrollton/publicworks.