Opinion: Middlebury workers correct the record

In last week’s article “Selectman threatens to quit,” Mr. Forbes alleged that several Middlebury Public Works employees are dissatisfied by the way the department is being run.
This is a shock to us in the Highway Department, seeing how none of us have had conversations with Mr. Forbes. Furthermore, for the record, we feel as a Highway Department that operations at Public Works are running more smoothly now than they ever have. It feels like we have worked very hard as a team to make a more productive day-to-day operation and the highway staff feels very proud of the changes and accomplishments that we have made.
Mr. Forbes has also stated that “the morale is gone there” and that some employees have likened their jobs to “going to prison” rather than a vocation they enjoy.
We do not understand where Mr. Forbes is receiving this misinformation and we are very disappointed as a Highway Department that a Public Works committee member and a selectboard member would submit an article to a local media outlet that contains misinformation without consulting the highway staff and gathering the facts. We work for the taxpayers of the town of Middlebury and don’t want them to receive misinformation that gives the perception that the Highway Department has issues and is not productive.
We, the Highway Department, are a very dedicated group of individuals where in the winter months we spend more time together at the highway garage providing a service to the taxpayers of Middlebury than we do at home with our own families; we do this because it’s our job and we all take pride in our work and we care about what the community thinks about us and our efforts.
We just want our voice to be heard and for the public to receive accurate information.
The Town of Middlebury Highway Crew
Matt Cram
Barry Whitney
Jim Harrison
Israel Dwire
Eric Steele
Jeff Warden

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