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LCU Public Outreach Newsletter Feb2020 y cAu� Las Cruces Utilities •� �� Public Outreach Newsletter Prepared for the LCU Board Meeting on February 13, 2020 City d lae Cruces Newspaper Articles: LAS CRUCES SUN-NEWS / LAS CRUCES BULLETIN Community Snapshot: LCU Christmas Tree Recycling Published Saturday, January 4, 2020, in the Las Cruces Sun-News Waiting for the Las Cruces Utilities _MP (LCU) Green Grappler to pick up your Christmas tree curbside for recycling? Why wait? Head over to the Old Foothills Landfill at 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. for free disposal of your Rec detour tree. During business hours, Monday through Friday 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. and ' r Trees Here Saturday 9 AM to 3 P.M., residents can NO�AASH ALLOWED take their trees directly to the green ! waste area. After hours and on Sunday when the landfill is closed, a roll-off container will be placed outside the gate at the landfill, through Friday,January 31st. Keeping an Ear to the Ground to HEAR Leaking Water Published Sunday, January 12, 2020, in the Las Cruces Sun-News ' You might have seen them on your street, two Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) ~& r leak detection technicians wearing �� T{ large headphones, likely close together and moving slowly while examining handheld readers. It's the LCU water leak detection crew, Elexis Davalos and T—. Luis Gonzalez,listening for water leaks throughout the LCU water system. It's only possible to listen for tiny leaks since nearly 29,000 LCU water meters have been upgraded or retrofitted with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) across the city. PAGE 1 Invest in an organization that invests in you! (Silvia Carrizal) Published Friday, January 17, 2020, in the Las Cruces Bulletin Silvia Carrizal started with Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) in 1995 as r a 6-month temporary staff on the switchboard. She directed customers to the right departments and very quickly learned the connections between different City of Las Cruces (City) departments. ''` ''■,,�T� Today, Carrizal is an LCU Asti Receivables Representative w Senior. She is still patiently listening to customers. "When you invest in this organization, with LCU,you see that they invest in you," she explained. Carrizal says not only has LCU provided training for career advancement, but she's also had supervisors who knew that sometimes "life happens", especially as Carrizal was not only serving the City, but also raising her triplets here. You can also be a part of the TEAM at LCU (Allen Navarro) Published Sunday, January 19, 2020, in the Las Cruces Sun-News Allen Navarro, Solid Waste heavy equipment operator,has spent Mtn 20 years managing trash for our community with Las Cruces Utilities (LCU). He drives a big y trash truck picking up commercial trash containers at 13o business locations every day. "It feels very rewarding,"he says. "It's not something people always think about,but it is a service 4 f that is important to their lives, their businesses, and the lives of their family."Navarro's job starts early—he's at work by 5:3o a.m. Monday through Friday— and on the streets by 6 a.m. after inspecting his trash truck and making sure everything is in working order. His workday generally ends at 1:30 p.m. —that suits him just fine! Find out more and see all LCU job openings here: http://www.las- cruces.org/2001/Work-For-Us, and click on the Current Employment Opportunities with Las Cruces Utilities link. PAGE 2 In the trenches: LCU trains for safety! Published Friday, January 24, 2020, in the Las Cruces Bulletin It's afternoon and time to exit the classroom and get into the field. For Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) employees who work on gas lines, or might need to dig near them,this week's training is not only a refresher about gas t � safety regulations,but also ` - specifically a hands-on training with "trench boxes" -which greatly enhance safety for associates who are digging up or laying gas pipes into the ground. They'll be learning not only how to move the trench box into place,but why it's so important. Case Van Dyke, LCU Gas Services Training&Safety Coordinator, oversees the group heading out to remove dirt behind the Utilities offices on Motel Boulevard. Persistence Pays Off: A Full Career at Las Cruces Utilities Published Friday, January 31, 2020, in the Las Cruces Bulletin Before he was the Las Cruces Utilities FLOW,_, - (LCU) Technical Gas Service Supervisor _ and the Interim Gas System Operation supervisor, Pete Duran was just simply persistent. "It was 19 years ago when I applied for three jobs with the City of Las Cruces,"he remembered, "Backhoe operator,welder,then corrosion technician in Gas." At the third interview, there was -� recognition from the other side of the desk. "The Supervisor remembered me from the previous interview and realized that they wouldn't get away from me trying to get hired,"he laughed. Duran was hired in the corrosion technician i position. "I had a background as a plumber with gas,but beyond that, I had no idea," said Duran. "LCU sent me to school. I received all of my training with Las Cruces Utilities." PAGE 3 Giving water a little BOOST at the Airport and West Mesa Published Sunday,February 2, 2020, in the Las Cruces Sun-News Our sporadic rain showers remind us that water runs to the lowest point in the neighborhood. But what if you need that water to flow back uphill? Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has a system to give water a little boost to get to different locations at different elevations, aptly named"booster pump stations". One booster pump station is being rehabilitated right now on the West Mesa near the Las Cruces International Airport. It's not only the mainstay for the Airport, but also allows for expanded economic development at the West Mesa Industrial Park (WMIP). The Las Cruces Utilities Challenge: Name our little sewer truck Published Friday, February 7, 2020, in the Las Cruces Bulletin Last spring, Hillrise Elementary students rose to the challenge of naming the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) water conservation roadrunner sculpture. "Aguacito", as named by David Uribe's fourth LL and fifth grade bilingual class, marks the entrance to the West Mesa Industrial Park. Now, LCU is 04 looking for a name for its robotic sewer truck and hoping that more classes like Uribe's can meet the new challenge. "Children love challenges that ask them to be creative. Being creative allows our students to think `outside the box'by connecting their prior knowledge with new knowledge," said Uribe. "Las Cruces Utilities has provided the initiative or driving motivation for teachers and students in Las Cruces to think about important happenings in our city." PAGE 4 Lush and Lean 2020: A Clear Vision of Gardening Success Published Sunday, February 9, 2020, in the Las Cruces Sun-News > Want a lush landscape this year, while keeping your water bill lean? Get ready! Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is gearing up to host its ever-popular, free-to- attend"Lush and Lean" series of io presentations between March 5th and May 28tn. "We aim to help residents make the best use of our water resources," said Rhonda Diaz, LCU Water conservation program coordinator. "We can grow truly lush gardens in our area,but it helps to understand a bit more about which plants are designed to thrive in our temperatures, what we can do to improve the soil in our backyard, and the critical role pollinators play in our gardens." PRINT ADS SAFEGAS service f provided to more than 100,000 residents and F businesses. 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SAFEGAS CLEANWATER DEPENDABLEWASTEWATER RELIABLESDLID WASTE Militias Customer Service:541-2111 lltipd4wwhs-cruces.ortile MwIltilities PAGE 6 MESSAGING ON CITY BUSES UST OCZ10 IOZ PAY IN PERSON AT TNE5E TWO LOCATIONS. CITY HALL:700 N.Main Street,8 a.m.-5 p.m. EAST MESA CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER:. 5195 Bataan Memorial West,9 a.m.-6 p.m. r f Do NOT flush MEDICATIONS,RAGS,or WIPES down the toiletMOW IT'S A TOILET 7CR�o�N NOT A TRASH CAN OR MORE INFORMATION11 %S\jp 'r - , Providing utility services to more than 100,000 • ` residents and 1 husinesses. r - A { Ck at Las.Cruees Utilities Customer ocurwtaacmees Service: 541-2111 hrtp:llwww.las-cruces.argienldepartmenlsluti li[i es PLAY YOUR PART. . . Be Water Smart! GR Report watering violations, call (575) 528-4444. loppdrrM ua arcs PAGE 7 KRWG KRWG RADIO UNDERWRITING 90.7 FM � MESSAGES Brought to you by Las Cruces Utilities: Providing free utility"fast alerts". Whether it's a planned OR emergency utility outage in your neighborhood, or a billing status notice, customers will receive a brief email, text, and/or a phone call. More information at Customer Central 541- 2111. Brought to you by Las Cruces Utilities: Inviting elementary schools to help NAME Utilities' little robotic sewer truck and camera that roams our sewers "seeing" cracks or damage in the lines... before it becomes a big issue. Suggested names must be submitted by March 1st. Call 528- 3500 for more information. Brought to you by Las Cruces Utilities: Tired of jobs with no future? Consider a career at Las Cruces Utilities. Internships and careers available now! More information at www.las-cruces.com, type "JOBS" into the search bar. Suzanne Michaels Suzanne Michaels Communications Public Outreach for LCU City of Las Cruces PAGE 8