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Courtney to Honor Vernon Wastewater Staff

The U.S. representative is touring the facility.

U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney is touring Vernon's water pollution control facility on Friday to recognize its impact on the town.

Courtney will present the staff with a Congressional Record Statement honoring the plant for winning the 2010 Waste Water Utility of the Year Award from the New England Water Environment Association. 

The award recognizes the plant for outstanding performance, maintenance and management based on an 18 point criteria review. The Vernon facility, an operationally sophisticated wastewater treatment plant, had positive ratings on all points including progress on short and long term strategic goals, demonstrated operational and performance excellence, customer satisfaction, budget control and employee retention.

The Vernon facility was cited as an "excellent example of an award winning wastewater utility," according to the Courtney.

The NEWEA Wastewater Utility Award serves to acknowledge the outstanding performance of a wastewater division in the New England area.

The Vernon Water Pollution Control Facility is designed to treat an average of 7.1 million gallons of wastewater per day and serves the Town of Vernon as well as Tolland, Ellington, and portions of Manchester and South Windsor.

The success of the plant operation is due to the dedication and professionalism of the entire staff of operators, mechanics, laboratory technicians and administrative support who are committed to protecting our waterways by providing clean water back to our environment.

The plant also serves Courtney, a Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District and a Vernon resident. The plant is located at 100 Windsorville Rd.

John Anderson April 13, 2012 at 02:01 PM
As a member of Vernon's Water Pollution Control Authority for most of the past 18 years, I too congratulate the staff of the Sewer Dept. for a job well done. The professionalism exhibited daily by Director David Ignatowitz, Plant Manager Arnie Bevins, and all members of the staff, should make the Town of Vernon proud. It's great to see them recognized in such a significant way. "Great job" to all!
meowkats4 April 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Wow! Mr. Courtney is trying to keep his elected seat!! How nice of him to come visit Vernon to let us know our Water Pollution Control Authority is doing such a great job. Would he have come if the plant was failing and Vernon was in big trouble? "Probably NOT"
Vernon Taxpayer April 13, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Courtney, a Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District and a Vernon resident. Thanks Mr. Courtney we appreciate your support. Thanks WPCA, as always a great job.
Rocky April 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Does any one out there remember the age discrimination law suit that was brought against Vernon due to Arnie Bevins behavior directed to an applicant? It was reported in the news print media for a while.
Greg Kacz April 17, 2012 at 01:06 AM
We're supposed to be doing a good job everyday. Why all the fanfare!! Just another photo op for a politician.
The Big Pipe Man April 17, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I wonder if anyone has verified the 18 criteria for this "award?" Sounds like the GSA Vegas award ceremony...
Friend of Vernon April 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM
For those of you not in this industry, this is a prestigious award given to only one plant a year in all of New England. This plant is doing an exceptional job meeting Enviromental Requirements regulated by the State and the employees there have a lot to be proud of. Please don't heckle the employees just because of your political views.
Michael April 18, 2012 at 01:46 PM
The people of Vernon are never happy................................
Rocky April 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Hey Friend of Vernon. Did you know that there are workers at the Vernon WPCA that hold higher waste water certifications than some of the people in management! Yes, again here is another case where the non management part of the workforce is more competent to operate the plant than the management is. This why the plant is running so well. Who gets the accolades..... the guy behind desk, not the people who deserve it.
Sophie April 21, 2012 at 02:05 AM
@ Rocky - - Remember reading about the Attorney General's investigation into bid-rigging.

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