The City of Hayti, MO and various organizations always end the year by recognizing citizens and employees. According to a release by the city on Dec. 19 many people were recognized.
“We have so many citizens who do so many things,” Mayor Bobby Watkins said, “We try to take some time out to recognize them. Our community has become very active with events and we couldn’t do it without the support of our Board, civic groups, volunteers and employees.”
Watkins says the city has stayed busy with recent weather issues and infrastructure and he complemented the city staff. “From our administrators to our laborers, everyone seems to pull together to help improve the city,” he said, “We are looking forward to an even better 2014.”
Phil Bowen, City Treasurer was presented with a plaque for 50 years of service. “Phil has dedicated 50 years to public service and we are lucky to have him,” Mayor Watkins said, “It was an honor for the Board to be able to recognize him in this way. He is dedicated and a great public servant.”
The Hayti Police Department, under Chief Paul Sheckell, also gave out their annual awards. Officer Dan Adams was recognized for most arrests. Officer David Maclin received the award for most DWI arrests. Officer Brad Jones led the pack in drug arrests and Officer of the year for Hayti PD, and recognized by the VFW and the American Legion was Officer Shane Wiseman. “Our police department under Chief Sheckell is one of the best,” Mayor Watkins said, “We are proud of all of our officers, how they represent our city and the law, and congratulate all of them, including Chief Sheckell for such a fine crew.”
Citizen and businessman Tim Gardner, Sr. was awarded “Citizen of the Year” by the Hayti Chamber of Comerce. “Tim Gardner and his business always step up to support events at the city,” Mayor Watkins said, “We are lucky to have such a committed businessman in our city and were proud he received this much deserved recognition.” Gardner was presented the award by Mayor Watkins and Chamber President Todd Nettleton.
Watkins and fellow Rotary Club member received the Paul Harris Fellowship annual award from the Rotary Club. “I was honored to receive this award with Wayne and it was truly a surprise,” Watkins said.
“There are many challenges for a smaller city these days,” Watkins said,, “But we feel very proud of our employees, our civic organizations and our Board of Alderman. It takes a team to make a city run, and I feel we have a great team of people working together to make Hayti a great place.” Watkins said he was extremely proud of the Fall Festival events that brought a lot of tourists to Hayti and a lot of recognition. "It is amazing to have such a great team of people and we are looking forward to more great events in 2014."