What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I’m the maintenance tech for the Old Colorado City Security & Maintenance District.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
The day-to-day maintenance of the district, including mowing, litter pick-up, snow removal, tree trimming, changing out the small bollard lights, planting grass and shrubs and putting in an ore cart or two... or three.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
Being in the Army was what brought me here in 1979. After I got out in 1982, I worked in construction and then for U-haul. Jim Stang, who had the maintenance tech job in Old Colorado City at the time, was a buddy of mine. I hung around with him and when he left I slid in. That was 22 years ago.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
Springtime, when everything starts greening up.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
After 22 years, if there was something you wanted changed, it's gotten changed. I wish traffic was a little slower. We've had bollard lights wiped out at three different corners in just two years.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
The large amounts of people. I have to be careful about turning on the sprinklers when someone's walking by, or when I've got the edger going not to fling rocks up into people. I've also gotten complaints about starting the mower too early in the morning.
What makes working on the Westside special?
It's easy-going, compared to Academy Boulevard. People aren't in a hurry over here. My wife Lorie and I have lived on the Westside for 20 years and our two kids went to Midland Elementary, West Middle School and Coronado High School.
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