Department of Highways, District 11

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 25, 2005  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
606) 598-2145

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has a program called the Facilities Pride Program.  The program began in 2003 as a way to recognize maintenance workers across the state for taking pride in their facilities.

 The Harlan County Maintenance crew of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been chosen as the Best Maintained Facility within their eight county district which consists of Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie and Whitley Counties

 Mr. Gary Zeller and Jack Badgett, Property and Supply Services in Frankfort presented the award recently at the District Office in Manchester.  Mr. Mike Buell, Superintendent for the crew accepted the award.   This is an award that places emphasis on the district field offices within the Transportation Cabinet.  “This is where our reputation is made and the facility the general public sees,” said Mr. Greene Keith, Chief District Engineer.  The award is given to a maintenance crew selected and recognized for their efforts in upgrading and maintaining their facilities.

 The program evolved as a means of encouraging workers to take pride in the appearance of their building and grounds.  Whenever possible, employees perform maintenance on their own facility thus preventing the cabinet from expending money on outside contractors.  Employees recently painted their facility inside and out as well as clearing brush and maintaining the appearance of the lot.  The Harlan Maintenance Crew consists of 24 employees. 

 The new sign is displayed on the grounds for employees and the public to view.