Archive for Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Council honors LCF worker

November 22, 2006

Lansing City Council took time last week to recognize a particular resident for his major support of the city.

Gene Myracle, chief of maintenance for Lansing Correctional Facility, was nominated for recognition by Tony Zell, director of wastewater management, for numerous acts of going above and beyond to help the city and its residents. Zell cited a recent project undertaken by Myracle and inmate work crews that saved the city about $75,000.

Though the wastewater treatment plant needed high-speed Internet access, Time-Warner Cable had no direct connection available to the facility. Time-Warner estimated that installing the connection, which would have required laying line along Kansas Highway 5, would have cost about $85,000.

But Zell had a different idea, and he contacted Myracle at LCF to see if it would be possible to lay cable across LCF's grounds. Myracle assisted with the arrangements and helped the city save almost $75,000. It was an example of behavior that those who have come to know Myracle have come to expect, Zell said.

"Anytime that I call on him or anybody else in the city calls on the prison, he's the one that makes things happen," Zell said. "So we wanted to publicly recognize and thank him for all his hard work and being a good neighbor."

In other action, the council:

¢ Approved, 6-0, with Council members Don Studnicka and Janette Labbee-Holdeman absent, minutes from the council's Oct. 26 special meeting and the Nov. 2 regular meeting.

¢ Approved, 6-0, addition of a proclamation designating Children's Book Week for Lansing Public Library.

¢ Awarded annual discretionary merit pay to city employees.

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