Lansdale ‘A Day in the Life’ Series May Focus on Departments Over Shy Employees

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At last month’s Lansdale Communication Commission and Economic Development Committee joint session, a concept proposed by resident Rege McKenzie was broached – “A Day in the Life” profile on various borough employees, where he or she would share highlights of his or her daily job.

Now, borough administration is taking a closer look at the proposal, and found that it may be more successful if the series focused on a slice of life of each of the borough’s various departments versus individual employees.

McKenzie was expected to discuss his idea in full before the committees Monday night, but was unavailable. He is expected to appear at next month’s meeting.

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“As we’ve talked about it, and as we understand it initially, Rege was interested in profiling individuals in the borough. Nobody feels comfortable with that. However, everybody feels comfortable with sharing the work of all departments,” said borough Manager Timi Kirchner Monday night.

Kirchner said a specific “A Day in the Life” would delve into the routine of various departments and the type of things they are called out for daily, like, for instance, the 3,400 signs in Lansdale that public works is responsible for each day. The public got similar overviews during a recent Geographic Information Systems presentation, she said.

“We would work to put those vignettes together and determine what vehicle we want to use,” she said.

The series could be published in the borough’s “E-Motion” newsletter and the borough website. Kirchner is ready to work with the committees on other communication vehicles.

Communication Commission Chairman Denton Burnell said presentations could also be made before committee, much like is done each month with the “Business of the Month” features.

“I don’t think we need to burden council meetings, necessarily, with that,” he said.

Kirchner said department staff could be invited to such a meeting when their department is featured.

“I doubt many will come,” she said. “The department head will at least be there.”

She said employees are grateful for any recognition, such as every quarter when council honors employee anniversary milestones.

“Typically, maybe a couple show up for the public meeting. We have a shy group,” she said. “They appreciate that council was doing that and the names are said and the borough recognizes them, but they would rather stay in the background.”

Economic Development Committee member Denise Pitts suggested a group photo be taken to complement the feature.

“It’s one of the ways people at the hospital get recognized,” Pitts said. “And whoever’s there is there.”

Burnell said the borough would reconnect with McKenzie and put a plan together.

“I understand individuals not wanting to be front and center for that,” he said.

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