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'It means so much to me': New public works facility renamed after longtime employee

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 11:45 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:43 a.m. CDT
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Keith Surges (center), former operations superintendent, and his wife, Therese, listen as Lombard Public Works Director Carl Goldsmith describes Surges' loyal service to the department. The Lombard Village Board voted unanimously at Thursday's meeting to approve the renaming of the planned maintenance facility on Garfield Street to the Keith J. Surges Center. (Photo provided)

LOMBARD – The Lombard Public Works Department's planned Garfield Maintenance Facility will hence be known as the "Keith J. Surges Center."

The Lombard Village Board of Trustees at Thursday's regular meeting voted unanimously to approve a request to rename the facility, located at 1135 N. Garfield St. The renaming honors former Lombard Public Works Operations Superintendent Keith Surges, who served as a department employee for 37 years.

"I regard Keith as a man of high integrity who embodies the true meaning of what a public servant is," said Lombard Public Works Director Carl Goldsmith, as he stood with Surges in front of the village board.

Surges, who began his career with the village as a maintenance man in 1973, served in almost every capacity within the department before retiring for medical reasons in 2011, Goldsmith said.

"He has left a mark on Lombard that will not be forgotten," Goldsmith said.

Surges was given a standing ovation from village officials, staff and those in attendance.

"It means so much to me," Surges said. "I've worked with most of you here through the years and I enjoyed my job."

For roughly 20 years, Surges lobbied for the construction of a facility to improve snow operations, Goldsmith said. The village's new salt dome opened in November, and construction of the new maintenance center is slated to begin this spring.

The center will serve as a place for department training, as well as a place for additional storage. An official dedication will be held later this year, upon completion of the construction project.

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