Although many City facilities will be closed during Christmas and New Year's Day, there will still be plenty of City employees patrolling the streets, responding to emergencies, picking up trash, and keeping the water running.
City of Lenoir City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, through Thursday, Dec. 26, in celebration of Christmas and Wednesday, Jan. 1, in celebration of New Year's Day. During both weeks, the Sanitation Division will collect Wednesday's route on Thursday. The rest of the week will be on a regular schedule. The Recycling Center on Pennton Avenue will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
City Manager Scott Hildebran said that we sometimes take for granted all the public and private sector employees who work during the holidays including police, firefighters, public works and utilities, restaurant staff, retailers, clerks, electric companies, and local industries.
"I'm grateful that Council approves time off for our City employees during the holidays," City Manager Hildebran said. "But I'm also very thankful to our police officers, firefighters, trash collectors, and water and wastewater plant operators who work during Christmas and New Year's to make sure we have the services we need. I'm also thankful for everyone working at private businesses such as convenience stores, restaurants, and shops. Those workers and businesses make a lot of holiday celebrations better."
City Department Directors echoed the City Manager's comments.
"I am so thankful for the dedication our men and women have to do this job," Fire Chief Ken Hair said. "Our firefighters and their families sacrifice a lot so they may perform this calling and emergencies have no regard for holidays, birthdays and special events. As others are spending time with their families during the Christmas season, many of our firefighters give up their family time to protect the citizens of Lenoir."
"I'm thankful for our men and women who unselfishly work so many others in our community can be off during the holidays," Police Chief Brent Phelps said. "We are blessed to have dedicated individuals who put serving our community before themselves. While many of us are enjoying time with our families, our employees are working to make sure we can enjoy the holiday season."
"I want to say thank you to all the Public Utilities staff and other City employees who work over the holidays," Public Utilities Director Radford Thomas said. "We appreciate the sacrifice you make so that others can spend time with their family and friends. Your dedication is one of the many things that make the City of Lenoir a great place to work."
"I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Public Works staff and other City departments that will work over the Christmas holiday," Public Works Director Jared Wright said. "Your commitment to the residents of this city and our organization perfectly defines our goal of 'Service Beyond Measure'."
City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons said it is the people of Lenoir who make the city such a great place to live and work.
"We’ll have a lot of City employees on call and working during the holiday season, and of course there will be many, many people working in our local businesses," Mayor Gibbons said. "On behalf of the City of Lenoir, I want to say thank you to all of our employees as well as everyone else working during Christmas and New Year's. We appreciate everything you do. You are what make the City of Lenoir such a wonderful place. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."