The Woodward News

December 5, 2012

Veteran city employees recognized

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Two City of Woodward employees were recognized Monday evening for their 25 years of service with the city.

Woodward City Commissioners took time during their regular meeting Monday to honor Joe Castor, of the Woodward Police Department, and Joe Dryden, with the wastewater department.

Castor has been with the police department since he started as a rookie in July 1987.  He worked his way up through the ranks, spending some time as a detective, and currently holds the title of lieutenant.

Dryden started as temporary help in the parks department in November 1987, but after 6 months moved to the wastewater department as a sewer service worker.  He currently serves as an equipment operator within the same department.

Both Castor and Dryden received pins and certificates recognizing their 25-year careers.  The awards were presented by Richard Chapman with the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML), who noted that their dedication will also be immortalized with their names written in a book of distinction at the OML offices in Oklahoma City.

City Manager Alan Riffel said that Castor and Dryden were an example of the many men and women who have dedicated their careers to serving the citizens of Woodward.

"In the City of Woodward we've had 45 employees who have achieved that (25-year) honor," Riffel said, noting "21 of those who have been recognized are still employed by the city."


Following the presentation to Castor and Dryden, city commissioners got down to business, moving quickly through a bid-heavy agenda.

Commissioners addressed bids for a new compact track loader with closed cab for the Street Department, bids for roof repairs on several City of Woodward buildings, and bids for siding repairs at Crystal Beach Park.

Taking the recommendation from Street Superintendent Brian Luckett, commissioners awarded the bid for the compact track loader with closed cab, grapple and pallet forks, to Arnett Ford New Holland in the amount of $52,500.

Commissioners also followed the recommendations of Maintenance Superintendent Don Johnson in their votes on the roof repairs and siding repairs.

Only one bid was received for siding repairs, which was for warranty-covered work on siding at the Aquatics Center and fairgrounds.  The single bid was denied because the city manager said that it "came in significantly higher than we anticipated, budgeted for or would be reimbursed for."

However for the repairs to the roofs of 9 city structures, commissioners received 4 bids, approving the one from Moore's Roofing at an amended contract price of $150,028.30.

The roof repairs will be made at City Hall, the #2 Fire Station, 3 buildings at the Crystal Beach event complex, Boiling Springs Golf Course clubhouse, 2 pavilions, and the Public Works Administration Building.

Riffel indicated that the damage to the roofs were a result of spring storms, and as such, the repairs would be reimbursed by insurance.

"The hail storms did a lot of damage at a number of places," he said.


In other action Monday, commissioners acted on items involving water treatment services and municipal judicial services.

Commissioners renewed the annual contract with Accurate Environmental Services for professional services related to the city's drinking water and wastewater treatment systems.  The retainer fee remained the same at $2,000 a month.

The commissioners also adopted an ordinance that increased the compensation for the municipal judge by approximately 8.5 percent to $3,250 per month.  The ordinance also set a 2-year term for the municipal judge to serve between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014.

Riffel said that like the city attorney's compensation (which was increased to $165 at the commission meeting on Nov. 19), the municipal judge's compensation "hasn't had an increase for quite a while."

"And he has an increasing load on his back," Riffel said of the municipal judge position, which has been held for the past year by local attorney Justin Eilers.