Department of Highways, District 11
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 12, 2005  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
606) 598-2145

MANCHESTER, KY –(July 12, 2005)— Transportation Cabinet employees at the Harlan County Maintenance Garage were treated to ice cream cones recently as a “Thank You” for their dedication and hard work, completing their Spring Mowing Cycle by May 20.  They were the first crew to complete the mowing cycle in District 11 which is made up of Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie and Whitley Counties.

Crews mowed 530.33 acres in 13 working days with 181.5 hours charged to mowing and 181.5 hours charged to mower support for a total of 363 hours of labor.  OMS documented cost for the first round as $6,800 for Labor and $7,000 for Equipment, a total of $13,800 or $26.00 per acre. Thanks to the efforts of Leon Cole, Dallas Baker, Mike Buell, Don Breeding and the Harlan County employees for working together to get the job done in a timely manner, the mechanics who kept the equipment working and Randy Steele for administering the paperwork, recordkeeping and researching data.

Mike Calebs, TEBM for Operations, with the assistance of Barbara K. Morgan from the district office made sure everyone got to enjoy as many of the ice cream cones as they could eat.  Flav-O-Rich Inc. was very generous in providing the ice cream.  This was a pleasant surprise as employees were told to be back at the garage by a certain time but they didn’t know why.   Everyone had a great time and certainly enjoyed the ice cream as they came in from a hot day of working outside.  Team work is what it takes to get a job done and these employees prove they can accomplish much working together.