UNION, NJ – Three Union Department of Public Works employees received awards at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting for their accomplishments at the Garden State Municipal Joint Insurance Fund (GSMJIF) Snow Plow Rodeo on Nov. 6.

The Garden State Municipal Joint Insurance Fund’s annual Snow Plow Rodeo evaluates drivers on navigating their snow plow through obstacles on a set of timed courses.  The challenge recognizes public employees’ efforts and allows an opportunity for employees to compete against peers.

Ed Vath from the GSMJIF said, “not only were these employees able to navigate through the course in good time, but they were also able to hit the points necessary, which demonstrates their ability as good snow plow operators.”

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Vath presented the awards in the Pick-Up Truck Division as follows:

Third Place:   Matt Reed

Second Place:  Frank Rible,Jr.

First Place:  Derrick Goode

Vath said Goode will also be on the perpetual plague, so “he will be able to display this for bragging rights over the next year, until such time as we have our next winner.”

“All three of these gentleman are significant assets to their respective divisions and Public Works as a whole,” said Department of Public Works Superintendent Lou Ulrich.  “I am appreciative of their dedication to Public Works and more importantly to the residents of the Township Of Union. All three of these gentleman epitomize what we are looking for in our Public Works employees.”

According to Ulrich, Matt Reed was  promoted last spring from Assistant Supervisor to  Supervisor of the Grounds Division for “exemplary performance and knowledge pertaining to field and parks maintenance.”  Ulrich said Reed orchestrates and oversees the maintenance of the Township’s numerous parks and properties as well as the Special Improvement District.   

Frank Rible is the Assistant Supervisor of the Buildings/Rec. Division of Public Works.  Rible “possesses many talents, one being he is an exceptional equipment operator,” said Ulrich.  He has been employed since 1993, and has been a participant in all snow related events during his tenure.

Goode was appointed last spring to Road Supervisor after successfully Supervising the Grounds Division for three years, said Ulrich.  His responsibilities include orchestrating and overseeing road maintenance and repair consisting of street sweeping, asphalt paving, pothole repair and inclement weather related duties.