Ribbon cut on new City of Cullman Water Department facility

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The ribbon was cut on the new City of Cullman Water Department facility on Thursday, May 24, 2018. (Nick Griffin for The Tribune)

CULLMAN –  For the second time in as many weeks, the City of Cullman has cut the ribbon on a new city facility. On Tuesday, May 15 it was the new street department, and now, on Thursday, May 24, the water department got its turn. Mayor Woody Jacobs along with several members of the Cullman City Council were there to celebrate.

City Council President Garlan Gudger talked about the importance of the water department and the new facility.

“As all of you know, this department is one of the pieces to the puzzle that makes Cullman great. I mean, where would we be without them?” Gudger said. “This new 23,000-plus-square-foot compound is evidence of Cullman’s growth and how the city of Cullman is looking ahead and planning for the future. I appreciate (Department Head) Chris Freeman and all the waste/wastewater employees for the excellent job they do for the citizens of Cullman.”

Gudger said the department will be able to run more efficiently with the new building and thanked the council for helping to make the facility possible.

“I know you will be happy to be in one location instead of scattered all over the city. This will allow you to operate more efficiently,” he said. “I am proud of the insight and leadership of this city council, thank you for all you do. This administration seems to always step up and do what needs to be done to ensure the city departments and staffs have the resources necessary to provide our city services.”

Jacobs spoke briefly about the old facility and the positive attitude the department’s employees carry to work every day.

“We did the street department and now we’re doing the water department, and these are great facilities, I’m telling you,” Jacobs said. “From where they came from, we had them both cramped in a little bitty place and they didn’t complain, they just did their jobs, and now, as Cullman normally does, when we do something, we do it right. We appreciate these guys.”

Said Freeman, “I’d like to thank the mayor and the council for allowing us to build this facility and the equipment and personnel we’ve increased upon. We had to have it, we were way understaffed, and we didn’t have the equipment to do some of the things we needed to do, and we’re getting all that now and we appreciate that immensely. These guys are fantastic. They work above and beyond every day in the heat, the cold, the rain, it doesn’t matter; they’re out there all the time. Most people don’t see it, but even on Christmas morning they’ll be out there working. So, I’d just like to thank everybody.”

The City of Cullman Water Department’s new headquarters is located at 1717 Eva Road NE.

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