Jacksonville wins Municipal Excellence Award

Mayor, Dr. Robert Haberle and Pretreatment Coordinator, Kelly Young
Mayor, Dr. Robert Haberle and Pretreatment Coordinator, Kelly Young

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JACKSONVILLE, TX - For only the second time in its history, the City of Jacksonville has won a Municipal Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal League.

City officials received their award during a presentation ceremony Wednesday at TML's Annual Conference and Exhibition in Corpus Christi.

Each year, TML presents these awards to municipal governments across the state which have demonstrated innovative problem-solving, excellence in management or improved public service. Awards are given in five categories – with one city with a population of less than 25,000 people and one city with a population greater than 25,000 taking home the prize in each category.

Jacksonville was presented the 2010 Municipal Excellence Award in the Public Works category for cities of less than 25,000. The submission chosen by TML for recognition was for the City's Clean Pipe Awards, which is administered by Pretreatment Coordinator Kelly Young.

"The Clean Pipe Awards were created as an incentive program to reward those food service establishments which don't incur any fats, oils and grease violations during the course of the year," Young said. "The Clean Pipes have led to a heightened awareness of the potential problems caused when oils and grease enter Jacksonville's sewer system. As a result, the City has experienced far fewer sanitary sewer overflows in recent years."

Of the City's 64 food service establishments, more than 30 percent received a Clean Pipe Award in 2010. These restaurants, service stations, hospitals, nursing homes and schools received a certificate and mention in the newspaper.

Mayor Robert Haberle, who was on hand to accept the Municipal Excellence Award, said receiving this honor demonstrates the exceptional quality of Jacksonville's staff.

"The significance of this award for our community is that it shows again that we really are at the forefront of cities who are trying to do things which are innovative, efficient and which reap good rewards for our taxpayers – and we are being recognized for a job-well-done at the state level," Haberle said.

TML is a voluntary association of more than 1,115 Texas cities. Its primary objective is to serve the needs and advocate the interests of Texas cities, and it is the largest organization of its kind in the United States.

The City of Jacksonville also won a Municipal Excellence Award in 2008 in the Public Safety category.