Jess Moran, left, and Bob Mathews
Jess Moran, left, and Bob Mathews

The City of Santa Maria is pleased to recognize Fleet Services Supervisor Bob Mathews and Field Lead Mechanic Jess Moran of the Department of Public Works, as the newest recipients of its Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award.  Both will receive a certificate and recognition at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 21st.

The City is recognizing their resourcefulness in reducing City costs by $974,000 by refurbishing one aging bulldozer, and by downsizing to a hybrid dozer, with close cooperation by the Utilities Department. The first unit was replaced by a D7E hybrid dozer, which saved $244,000 and additionally reduced operational costs for diesel fuel and helps reduce the City’s off-road emissions. The refurbish process on the other 2007 D8T dozer was less than $270,000 and included a three-year, 5,000-hour warranty and saved the City more than $730,000 by avoiding purchase of a replacement unit. Ongoing fuel savings are nearly $13,000 annually.

Criteria for the GEM Award are: Exhibiting effective leadership on specific assignments; demonstrating positive service to a customer or co-worker; going “above and beyond” the call of duty; showing special initiative, creativity, teamwork, cost containment efforts and entrepreneurial spirit in providing a high level of customer service; and consistently embracing the City’s service standards.