The City of Graham recognized 14 public utility workers with one-time cash rewards of $150-$300 for outstanding commitment to the city and their jobs. 

On Friday March 21, Texas State Utilities, Inc., a contractor hired by Texas Gas Service, struck a water line on Echo Street near the Downtown Square. Public workers were on scene for a marathon repair that began Friday afternoon and stretched through the night and well into Saturday evening. Over a million gallons of water were lost in the leak, according to City Manager David Casteel. 

“Some of them worked 42 hours straight,” said Casteel at the April 10 City Council meeting. “We have come up with a recommendation that those that worked more than 30 hours during that weekend receive a $300 one-time merit and those that worked more than 20 hours, but less that 30 hours, receive (a) $150 one-time merit.”

A motion made by Mayor Pro Tem Jack Graham and seconded by Councilman Spencer Street was passed without a dissenting vote.

City crews couldn’t rest easy though, as TSU struck another 6-inch water line Thursday at approximately 3:35 p.m. on Ragland Street. This puncture represented the fourth time a TSU boring machine struck one of the city’s underground utilities in the last 6 weeks.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.