Thank You, City of Hogansville!

Thank You, City of Hogansville! Last night, while trying to fix a water main break on Marshall Avenue amid sub-freezing temperatures, you showed so much love to our Public Works Crews that embodies why this town is truly “The City of Friendly People.” Our dedicated public servants had already put in a long day when they were alerted at about 3 pm Thursday to a water main break in the 100 block of Marshall Avenue. By midnight — with the assistance of Crawford Grading & Pipeline, Inc. — the leak was repaired, traffic cones setup, equipment packed and transported back to the barn, etc. Eight hours later, the team was back at the city to begin another day. But here is why we’re so thankful for you, the great residents of Hogansville:

– As the sun set, resident Cleo Hunsinger who lives across from the water main leak made the crews coffee and hot chocolate

– Hogansville Police Chief Brian Harr and his wife, Bonnie, both residents of the city, brought sandwiches, chips, hot chocolate and chicken noodle soup

– Mayor Bill Stankiewicz checked in on the team late into the night and thanked each one of them for braving the cold weather, some of whom had to get waist deep into a pit of freezing water to replace the burst pipe

– Resident Pat Lockhart left her toasty fireplace and brought the crews hot chocolate

– Former Public Works employee and Hogansville resident Will Driver left his dinner table and drove to the scene to identify water main cutoff valves that were never documented on the city’s water distribution maps

– And resident Alex Abraham made a special run to McDonald’s at about 10 pm and purchased hamburgers and coffee for the entire crew, despite having to get up at 4 am the next morning to head to work at the Atlanta airport

Wow! In my 10+ years of managing city government, never have I witnessed such an outpouring of love from a community, especially given the number of homes who were without water. For that, I say “Thank You” for showing so much love to our Public Works Crews. And cribbing from the U.S. Postal Service, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these” dedicated Public Servants who take so much pride in their work to make Hogansville the great place it is to live, work and play. Thank You, City of Hogansville!



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