No doubt about it, 47 years is a long time.
It’s amazing in this day and age to hear of someone who has worked at the same job for that amount of time - 47 years can qualify as a lifetime.
Carl Rueger has done just that, putting in those 47 years with the Moncks Corner Water Works. Last week he decided to call it a day, punching the clock for the last time and heading off into retirement.
Moncks Corner Town Council took a moment before the start of its regular October meeting to honor Rueger on his retirement.
“I remember running with Carl and his daddy growing up,” said Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler. “Carl has been around here for a long, long time and we’re going to miss him as he retires.”
“Carl deserves to be recognized for his professionalism, dedication and willingness to serve,” the proclamation said. “And because of his dedication, service and expertise, our community has some of the finest water and sewer facilities, and infrastructure for now and for the future.”
Peagler added that Rueger never hesitated to help others.
“We appreciate Carl for the assistance given during his tenure to administration, police, fire, public service and recreation departments when circumstances required that a helping hand was needed.
“May God bless you and your family and may you enjoy your retirement,” Peagler said.
In other town business, town office hours over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays were announced.
Town Hall will be open for a half day on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day and Dec. 26. Town offices will also be open for a half day on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day.
Park and Recreation Director Ralph Jones took members of town council on a tour of the new recreation complex and gave council members an update on construction progress. Phase I of the complex should be completed by the spring of 2014.
“It is really going on over there,” Peagler said. “It is starting to look like a park now.”
Jones also announced the town Christmas parade will be on Dec. 8, with the tree-lighting ceremony taking place following the parade in Unity Park.
Jones also announced that by the start of the 2014 rec seasons, all volunteer coaches and assistant coaches would be CPR certified.
“It’s just the smart thing to do in case of an emergency,” Jones said.
Fire Chief David Miller, council member Laura Perdue and Jennifer Schlette will teach the CPR certification classes.
Miller added that his fire department has also been added to all 911 calls pertaining to the Moncks Corner Youth Fields on Broughton Road.
“The Youth Fields were not included in Moncks Corner Fire Department’s response district,” Miller said. “Currently the fields are part of Moncks Corner Rural Fire Department’s response district.”
Chief Miller said his department would be notified by 911 Dispatch in the event of an emergency at the fields.
“Berkeley County response times are good, but ours are better,” he said.
See the Oct. 30 edition of the Berkeley Independent for class details and starting times.