Our City: CU employees a group of spirited diamonds
by Tom Rowland
May 01, 2014 | 650 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Our city relies on our many public employees who create the high quality of life that we all enjoy. There are no better examples than the men and women of Cleveland Utilities.

We were reminded of that fact recently as the Cleveland City Council devoted a full day out of their own busy schedules to review plans and policies of each of our local government departments, and their budget plans for the next fiscal year.

Ken Webb, president and CEO of Cleveland Utilities, reminded us all that the men and women who work every day to provide CU customers with reliable electric power, safe water and sewer services are among the best.

Recently, the American Public Power Association recognized utilities across the country through its Reliable Public Power Providers program. The association ranked Cleveland Utilities at its "Diamond Level," the highest level in the program.

Of the over 2,000 public power providers on the list, only 26 were at the Diamond Level.

The RP3 program, as it is called, recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

Our severe storms and weather conditions earlier this week also reminded me of how often this group is called into action when emergencies arise. Working hand-in-hand with our Public Works Department, they provide an unbelievable team when emergencies arise.

We could not ask for a better group to come to our aid when power outages occur or traffic signals are struck by fallen trees or auto crashes. The men and women of Cleveland Utilities work around the clock to keep us in power.

Another demonstration of the level of dedication at CU came when the Arbor Day Foundation recently recognized Cleveland Utilities through its Tree Line USA award — for the 14th consecutive year. This program recognizes how cities like ours enhance their urban forests while providing safe, reliable electric power to our homes, businesses and other public services.

Meanwhile, CU's award-winning Water and Wastewater Division employees provide a safe and clean environment for both people and wildlife. The utility is currently committed to a 10-year city sewer upgrade project.

Not long ago, CU's technical staff received high praise from an outside security auditor. CU's score was exceptionally high, the auditor reported, in providing security for its sensitive technology.

As a longtime member of the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities, I am aware of the many hours CU's Water and Wastewater divisions, as well as the Electric Division, devote each of the 365 days of the year to make Cleveland, Tennessee, a place where so many people enjoy living and doing business.

These CU public employees are indeed "diamonds" who truly exemplify “The City With Spirit” as they go about their day-to-day duties. We appreciate their commitment and their "spirit" of service.