On Wednesday, Oct. 25, members of the Public Works departments gathered in the Fire Department building for the fifth annual Public Safety Day event. City employees enjoyed safety presentation, received recognition for years spent at their place of employment, and listened to city members speak on current projects and upcoming events.


A welcome chat kick-started the event where Susie Moorhead from the City discussed the annual claim review, noting an increase in dog bites as a recurring claim.


“Out of the 14 cases, four of them were animals bites,” Moorhead said.


Josh Wuebker, Deputy Public Works Director, presented Mayor Jay Pattee with an award for his service in the community. Mayor Pattee addressed the crowd before the day kicked-off.


“In the last year, our public safety has had to deal with a lot including a little bit of crazy and sometimes I think there’s a thin line between crazy and downright evil,” Pattee commented. “Our fire department had to deal with some of the worst elements in years all at one time: high wind, precipitation, cold, but they fought the fire and nobody was injured and none of the adjoining properties caught fire.”


“The street department and our public works are everywhere, not only is our public works department doing a major street overlay, but they also take time to help set up a public art statue on the boulevard,” Pattee said.


In the City of Perry, the following departments are operated: Airport, City Hall, Cemetery, Compliance, Fire Department, Garbage and Recycling, Library, Parks and Recreation, Perry Chamber of Commerce, Perry Water Works, Planning and Zoning, Police, Public Works Department, and Waste Water Plant.


Employees listened to a presentation by Jennifer Becker, who explained ways to improve the posture of those who typically work in a desk-setting, as well as ways to improve overall health.


In order to pay tribute to those who have dedicated years to their occupation, each department recognized their employees followed by the number of years they’ve served.


Alan Kelleher, Public Works Department, Patty Anderson, the Police Department, and Kevin Kanealy, Parks Supervisor, were all honored for serving thirty years in their individual departments.


Hy-Vee catered the employees, and the remainder of the included a Local Options Sales Tax talk from City Administrator Sven Peterson, the chance to receive a flu shot, a drone demonstration by Brian Eiteman of the Perry Fire Department, the Annual Mike Thomason Presentation by Dallas Co. EMS, and closing remarks by Sven Peterson.


The day was previously approved by the City Council during the Sept. meeting.


“It’s a really great thing,” Josh Wuebker, Deputy Public Works Director, previously told the City Council about the event.


“We’re going to talk about some workplace wellness stuff, we’re going to do a demonstration on the drone that the fire department has, and we’ll do general first aid,” Wuebker said. “I think the employees like it and it’s a good way to recognize those employees that hit those 5, 10, 15 anniversary marks.”