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Why not nominate your best employee?
Consider nominating him or her for the JETCC Founders Award in honor of Jerome “Frenchie” Guevremont. The JETCC Founders Award is given annually to an operator, maintenance worker or laboratory personnel working in a municipal or industrial wastewater treatment system in Maine.
The JETCC Founders Award is intended to recognize a staff member working in a plant or wastewater system.
Basic criteria includes:
Nominations can be made by any superintendent, trustee or member of a governing board/management staff providing oversight to a wastewater system in Maine.
For more detail or to request a nomination form please contact:
JETCC Board of Directors
P.O. Box 487
An Awards Nomination committee will be established by the JETCC Board of Directors to review and rank all submittals. The recipient will be presented the JETCC Founders Award at the MEWEA Fall Convention by a JETCC representative.
On Thursday, September 17th, Nathan Melanson, Head Plant Mechanic at Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority (LAWPCA), was presented with the Founders Award from the Maine Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC). The award was given during the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA) Fall Convention at Sunday River in Newry, Maine.
Nate has worked for LAWPCA since 2008 where he soon became a valued “go to” person for a wide variety of tasks. He has also taken on the role of assistant steward for the union representing approximately 2/3 of the workforce. In this role he has proven to be a person interested in cooperation and solving issues before they become problems.
In the words of Mac Richardson of LAWPCA, “when the Authority added anaerobic digestion to the wastewater treatment plant, Nate’s contribution to start up and troubleshooting proved invaluable. He often went above expectations in regard to the co-generation engines and diagnosed problems the manufacturer’s staff did not, earning praise from the supplier of the equipment. His work on the engines saved LAWPCA from long delays that would have been needed for the supplier’s technicians to travel to Maine and work on the engines. This also saved LAWPCA thousands of dollars in power that did not need to be purchased from the grid.”
Nate spends a great deal of his free time coaching youth sports. This has included serving as the assistant baseball coach for the Leeds Babe Ruth team, assistant coach of the Tripp Middle School baseball team, assistant coach of the Tripp Middle School Football team, and the assistant coach of the River Valley basketball team. He has recently taken on responsibility for the Leavitt High School weight room making the room available to athletes and mentoring youngsters in the community. Nate has participated in the Urban Runoff 5K for at least the last three years with the Maine Water Environment Association.