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City Recognizes Two Employees

Post Date:11/02/2015 3:41 PM

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November 2, 2015


City Recognizes Employees for “Going the Extra Mile”


The City of Santa Maria is pleased to recognize Santa Maria Police Corporal Robert “Bob” Prescott and Landfill Heavy Equipment Lead Operator Lance Lodes of its Utilities Department as the newest recipients of its Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award.  Both will receive a certificate and recognition at the City Council meeting Tuesday, November 3rd.


Prescott_PhotoA 17-year veteran of the force and a motorcycle patrol officer, Corporal Prescott was reassigned in January 2014 to be the department’s representative and liaison throughout the construction process of its new 72,000-square-foot facility at 1111 W. Betteravia Road. He quickly learned a great deal about construction and showed professionalism and tact during the large project, working with contractors, vendors and other City departments, and juggling competing priorities, timelines and challenges. He provided the architects with valuable direction and insight from his law enforcement perspective, with careful attention to detail, ensuring that the department’s best interests were served during actual construction. The facility, which opened in June, features countless improvements and upgrades that were a direct result of his involvement, made from his on-site judgements, phone, or from the seat of a forklift.


Lodes_PhotoLandfill Heavy Equipment Lead Operator Lance Lodes exceeded expectations by successfully carrying out two high-profile projects at the Santa Maria Regional Landfill, while managing his existing duties. The first project was the installation of a new landfill gas line at the landfill, to supply methane gas line to Marian Regional Medical Center’s co-generation engines. He used Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to identify the optimal path for the new lines, procured parts, and built components to ensure the vacuum on the system to improve overall gas quality to the co-gen engine. His innovative and hands-on approach avoided significant outsourcing costs and helped keep the landfill in compliance with regulators. Equally important, this project provided an uninterrupted power source to the medical center and the PG&E power grid.


The second project involved the highly technical and strategic construction and placement of solid waste in an unused portion of the landfill. Mr. Lodes used GPS coordinates and implemented survey marks each day to adjust the outside landfill slope as trash was added, maximizing trash space and minimizing airspace. This highly technical project helped recover over 4,000 cubic yards of trash space, equating to nearly $300,000 in additional revenue.


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.


Department:                           City Manager’s Office

Contact Person:                     Mark van de Kamp, PIO/Management Analyst II

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0951 ext. 372 or 720-4038

E-mail Address:            

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