Join us in saying congratulations to one of Kennedale’s long time city employees. Randy Philips worked for the City of Kennedale for the last 15 years. He retired last week.
Randy has seen many changes over the years. When he started work here, there were no zero turn mowers, Boom mower for the ditches, the guys worked with what they had to keep the city looking it’s best.
Randy’s work also included lots of different jobs.
He and the guys always set up and clean up for all special events.
(Christmas tree lighting-
Bark in the park-Kid fish –
Trunk or Treat –
Community Theatre –
They put up and take down all the city Christmas lights.
Street repair (asphalt and concrete)
Crack seal on streets
Tree pruningTree removalTree/Shrub planting
Park maintenance and equipment repair
Ditch Cleaning and Culvert cleaning
Mowing (Zero turn-Boom mower-Brush hog)
Weed eating & edging & blowing off work zones
Maintain Town center fountain
Painting strips on road way
Inlet repair and cleaning
Water testing all drinking fountains
Maintain ball fields
Sanding Icy streets
Emergency road way assistance (lights out or tree or obstruction in the road)
Assist the Keep Kennedale Beautiful in projects!
They also work on the fountains at Sonora Park. This job entails getting in a row boat and going to the middle of the tanks to see what was wrong, sometimes getting into the water with the snakes and snapping turtles. Yikes!!
Randy put in countless hours in a normal work week and then had to take his turn to be “on call” for any emergencies over weekends, night and day 24/7. I personally remember a big water break in the freezing temperatures that he worked on over the weekend one night. I felt so sorry for them having to slop around in the freezing water and mud.
We know he will be missed by the Public Works guys, but now he can concentrate on things he loves to do. Working on classic cars, cooking, nature photography, travel, spending time with his family and treating his beautiful wife Debbie like a Queen!
Let’s all wish him well in retirement and say a big thanks for all you have done!!