By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Sanitation Department begins work before most of us get out of bed. The crew gets an early start (4 a.m.!) to begin their daily clean-up of the city. The crew is made up of one supervisor, Ricky Hudson, who has been with the department for four years; foreman and truck driver James Robinson, at the department for eight years; and two sanitation workers Michael Dupree, who has worked in Sanitation for six years and Edward Baker, who has been filling in for Yeagerd Brincon who is out due to an injury, but with the department 11 years.
Hudson supervises Sanitation, but is also responsible for Public Works in the city, and maintains Madison’s roads, right of ways, cemeteries, parks and traffic lights. You can also thank him and crew for the beautiful holiday decorations put up, and taken down, every year. Hudson gained his sanitation position by filling in as a sanitation worker when working in a cemetery, eventually working sanitation fulltime before earning his Supervisor’s title about a year ago. Hudson says he likes his job and gives some of the credit to foreman, James Robinson, who he says makes sure everything gets done, but also praises the other workers by stating, “I really have a good crew, all of them.”
Robinson agrees about the other employees saying, “I do have a good crew to work with.” Dupree, Baker and himself, work in the city, picking up bagged garbage, leaves and limbs for all its residents. Robinson says what he likes most about the job is the people and that most people are really nice; some even offering them cold drinks on really hot days. Robinson says they all look out for the elderly too, helping them get their trash if they aren’t able. When talking garbage, he says most of Madison’s residents look out for them by doing what their supposed to do; making sure all their garbage is tied up properly and making sure their…TO CONTINUE READING THIS STORY CLICK HERE OR PICK UP A COPY OF THE AUGUST 13, 2014 EDITION OF THE MADISON COUNTY CARRIER