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Public Works: The unsung heroes of Forsyth

Thursday, April 11, 2013

On Sunday, March 24, more than a foot of snow blanketed the area and shut down traffic in Forsyth – with a notable exception.

Beginning at about 2 p.m. that Sunday, and working straight through until 7 a.m. on Monday, Larry Coloni and his Public Works crew could be found on Forsyth streets, plowing and salting to remove the tons of snow resulting from one of the heaviest blizzards the area had experienced in many years. Thanks to their efforts, Forsyth streets were clear and navigable Monday morning.

“I looked out my window and realized I’d have no problem getting to work that day,” said Village Administrator Mike Miller, who noted he received a “couple of calls” that day from residents praising the clean streets.

Plowing snow is just one of hundreds of maintenance and other tasks – including the annual spring clean up, leaf and tree limb pick up, and more – that Coloni and his crew juggle behind the scenes in their ongoing efforts to keep Forsyth running smoothly.

Another of their jobs, to ensure Forsyth’s water quality, was recently recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which commended Forsyth’s water system and its compliance with the state’s fluoridation law during each month of 2012.

Coloni and his crew will be among those recognized May 19-23 as Illinois marks Public Works Week, as proclaimed by Gov. Pat Quinn. This year also marks the 53rd anniversary of National Public Works Week, sponsored by the American Public Works Association.

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