Holton street crew's cement finishing work is appreciated
From our business location on the south side of the Holton Town Square in recent weeks, we watched the Holton Street Department crew across the street along the courtyard tear out the old curb and guttering along that stretch of Fourth Street, then pour and finish new ones.
From a distance, we also watched the street crew do the same work on the other three sides of the courtyard.
The street crew did a great job on all sides of the courtyard and the result was a very nice looking set of new curb and guttering that will no doubt serve the downtown community very well over the next several decades.
It’s very hot working outside at this time of year, as we all know, and cement work and other street department work may not seem very glamorous to some people.
But the work must be done and the fact that Holton employs workers with good cement finishing skills should be noted and appreciated.
A lot of other towns our size do not have workers with these skills and must always contract with other companies to do this kind of skilled work, often at much higher prices, which is not good for local taxpayers.
My grandfather Vern Powls and my uncle Bill Powls both worked many years for the city of Garnett on its street crew, and both of them also excelled at cement finishing – which benefitted Garnett greatly when it came to these kinds of street projects.
When there was cement to be poured for family projects, too, these two were always asked to be on hand to help make sure the projects got completed with their professional touch, techniques and know-how.
As I learned from them, and my dad (another cement guy), there’s a lot more to pouring and finishing cement curbs and guttering – and other cement work - than what meets the eye.
So hats off to the Holton street crew. It’s these kind of improvement projects that sets this community apart from others and makes it shine a little more.