From left: DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard Jr., Water Superintendent Don Hamm, Plant Chief Operator Bobby Gibbs, Plant Operations Supervisor Jake Hollingsworth, Plant Operator Sean Lathrop
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Herschel Vinyard Jr. presented the Bay County Utilities with another pair of awards on Feb. 18 during a ceremony at Gulf Coast State College.
For the third year in a row, the Bay County Water Treatment Plant was selected to receive the annual Plant Operations Excellence Award. For the second year, the Military Point Regional Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility won the (2013) Domestic Wastewater Plant Operations Excellence Award. Both accolades recognize excellent treatment plant operation, maintenance and compliance.
"These awards demonstrate the ongoing excellence of our water treatment plant staff and the high quality of their work," Bay County Utilities Director Paul Lackemacher said. "That they keep winning them each year is a testament to the level of professionalism and skill our employees maintain."
DEP annually awards facilities throughout the state that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, innovative treatment, waste reduction and pollution prevention, recycling or other special achievements. The awards recognize facilities that show a special commitment to excellence in management through dedicated professionalism, according to DEP spokeswoman Mara Burger.
Cafe offers new menu
The Cafe, located the Bay County Government Center, is under new management and offers an entirely new menu with a focus on New Orleans-style favorites. Come by and vist The Cafe for breakfast or lunch from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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BCAS adoption event set for Friday, March 7
Bay County Animal Services will hold its monthly adoption event at the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 7. The event is in conjunction with the Panama City Woman's Club. Dogs and cats will be on site and available for adoption. For more information about adopting an animal from BCAS, please click the link below.
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Gun range groundbreaking set for March 17
The Bay County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, March 17 to mark groundbreaking on the new public gun range located near the Steelfield Landfill off State 79.
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