MINT HILL – At nearly every Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Mike Cochrane heaps praise on the town’s first-responders.
Cochrane praises the work of the town’s police and fire departments but he also includes members of the public works department as first-responders in town.
Cochrane put his money where his mouth is Feb. 19 as he treated the members of the public works department to breakfast at the facility behind the Mint Hill Police Department building.
The 10 public works employees munched on breakfast sandwiches as Cochrane again praised the group for their work for residents.
Cochrane said the department did great work during last year’s hurricanes and during other weather events that helped keep the town safe.
“I just want to thank you again for all you do,” Cochrane told the employees. “The town needs you very, very much. I appreciate what you do. You do a great job for the town.”
Mint Hill Town Engineer and Public Works Director Steve Frey said the department completes many different tasks for the town. Two of the employees are dedicated to working at the town’s parks.
“We do everything but water, sewer and electric,” Frey said. “So, it’s roads, sidewalks, parks, right-of-way maintenance, asphalt repair, trees. They are unsung heroes.’’
Mint Hill has 111 miles of town roads under its jurisdiction, and that number is expected to grow by 15 miles in the next several years. There are approximately 60 miles of roads that the N.C. Department of Transportation is responsible for but the town often services those roads following inclement weather.
“They do a great job with the roads, even the gravel roads,” Cochrane said. “They also do a lot of work on the ditches. I think that is one thing people don’t realize. You have to keep the ditches clear or we will get flooding if they are blocked.’’