City teamwork

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 11, 2005

Everyone knows the handiwork of Richard Brown and Leslie Holland.

Brown, the city’s sign and paint supervisor, and Leslie Holland, a technician in the department, are responsible for every public sign within the city’s downtown taxing district, said Dennis Craff, spokesman for the city.

And yes, that includes the dozens of dreaded detour, lane and road closure signs that have monopolized the Main Street and Constant’s Road corridor for the past few months.

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&uot;All kinds of public signs,&uot; Craff said. &uot;Street signs, directional signs, handicapped parking sign, speed limit signs.&uot;

The two-man team also makes the city’s specialty signs, Craff added. For example, they made and erected 185 signs promoting Suffolk’s annual Peanut Fest last October.

Officials gave Brown and Holland their own sign of thanks during Wednesday’s City Council meeting, recognizing them as the city’s employee team of the quarter.

&uot;They’re always willing to pitch in on other duties when needed,&uot; Craff said.

Brown and Holland, with 30 and 15 years experience respectively, have carried their department from an outdoor, manual operation to the enclosed shop where signs are generated by computer.

&uot;They have shown a willingness to learn and improve their department,&uot; Craff said. &uot;They have developed their shop on their own over the years.&uot;