Longtime public works supervisor retiring
Stephen Gerny Sr., the Borough of Northampton's longtime public works supervisor, is retiring.
Borough Council at a recent meeting approved Gerny's retirement effective on Aug. 31. Officials have not named a replacement.
Gerny has been with the borough for more than 40 years, serving as public works supervisor for the last 17 years.
"His service will be greatly missed, Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.
Councilman Ed Pany, curator of the Atlas Cement Memorial Museum, said Gerny has been a vital part of the museum.
"Mr. Gerny's advice and work involving the museum was very helpful. He really cares about the museum. Mr, Gerny and his men's maintenance of the museum is important. I can't say enough of Mr. Gerny," Pany stated.
When the museum received a rare Panama Canal brewery beer can, Pany said Gerny made a handsome case for it. He hung new signs from the cement companies along with a myriad of other tasks and ideas.
Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. mentioned the many winters when snow fell that Gerny was out on the job.
The borough already has received applications from individuals interested in the public works supervisor post, from outside the borough and reportedly employed with the public works department.
The borough public works department is credited with doing much more than filling potholes, cutting grass and painting lines on streets and curbs. Significant in-house work includes the construction of Horwith Drive, the Atlas Sports complex, installation and putting together three new massive pieces of playground equipment and maintaining the recreation center, community memorial center, library and borough hall and its parks and playgrounds, hanging holiday signs on Main Street, installing the borough's Christmas tree and upkeep of the fire station.