News and Tribune


March 14, 2014

NASH: New Albany's new employees

In order to make New Albany a better place to live the city’s administration has made a couple of new hires over the last couple of weeks. Mayor Jeff Gahan, in an effort to fulfill his campaign promise to make New Albany “Financially Stronger and Physically Cleaner,” has hired Jeff Speck to advise and to “study” New Albany’s downtown streets.

The author of the book “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time,” was brought on board reportedly to make recommendations on how to improve our street grid in preparations for the onslaught of drivers attempting to avoid tolls.

Also hired last week was a civil engineer to fill the gap that has been in place since the last time the city had an engineer on staff. His job will be to review construction projects and provide other expertise. He will be overseeing several planned projects including the East Main Street improvement project and new aquatic center.

While those positions have been reported in the News and Tribune there was also one other addition to the staff of our city’s administration that hasn’t gotten the same press as the other two. The position that was filled wasn’t as glitzy and glamorous as the other ones that have been reported in the news, but I feel it is just as important. Luckily I have a few connections within the administration and I got an early draft of the press release so I am able to help them make their big announcement:

“Mayor Jeff Gahan is proud to announce the hiring of the city of New Albany’s first full time Lumberjack. Our city has been overrun by trees over the last 201 years and it is time we had someone on staff full time to chop them down.”

The lumberjack has the backing of the New Albany Tree Board who voted unanimously to approve the hire at their quadrennial meeting (time and place withheld to maintain secrecy).

As a public service, I have decided to use the rest of my column space to get to know our new city lumberjack a little better. I sat down in a one-on-one interview with the man that was hired to cut down the trees, any tree that our city’s officials have deemed necessary or in the way of progress.    

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