Whether celebrating decades of working at NPPD or securing just a handful of years under their belts to date, a few things are clear: NPPD teammates have great career ambitions, personal connections, and an invested interest when it comes to public power in Nebraska.
Each week throughout Public Power Month, the Behind Your Outlet blog will feature four unique viewpoints regarding working in the public power industry from teammates with varying years of service. Below, Paxton Civil Maintenance Technician Roy Reutzel answers questions about his 40-year career in public power.
What are your job responsibilities within NPPD?
My day-to-day responsibility is maintenance of the canal system from the Keystone and Korty Dams to where our canal dumps back into the South Platte River in North Platte. The water we send down the canal is used by Gerald Gentleman Station (GGS) for cooling purposes and at the North Platte Hydro and Kearney Hydro to produce power. It is also used for irrigation from Brady to Kearney by NPPD’s irrigation crew in Cozad. The water that passes down our canal system provides great recreation at Sutherland Reservoir and Lake Maloney, too.
Maintenance includes anything from running a shovel to operating dump trucks and equipment such as a lowboy tractor/ trailer, loaders, dozers, scrapers, excavators and backhoes. Dredging the two intake channels at GGS and the cooling pond is another big responsibility of our work force.
You’re an NPPD veteran. Any takeaways?
Working outside each day performing canal maintenance and learning how to operate various trucks and equipment has been invaluable to me. I’ve had the privilege to work with a lot of great people over the past 40 years, both in Paxton and Sutherland, and I greatly admire their friendship and work ethics. I worked on a few of the GGS plant outages and met a lot of great employees there, also.
What is your fondest memory throughout your time at NPPD?
It’s easily the lifelong friendships I have developed with fellow employees from past to present. Everyone who was here when I first started with the District is now retired or has passed on; however, they have left behind fantastic work values for present-day teammates to carry on.
What does public power mean to you as both a customer and employee?
Paxton and NPPD in general have been two of the greatest assets in my life. NPPD is a wonderful place to work, and I think employee retention reflects the pride teammates have for the District. My neighbor and great friend, Harry Coleman, worked 52 years at NPPD. Another friend, Ray Anderson, put in 50 years, and I know several who have currently worked here 40-plus years.
I would like to thank NPPD and my fellow colleagues for the last four decades. NPPD has been a super place at which to work. To my fellow employees, past and present: thank you for your friendship and for looking out for my safety each day. God bless you all.
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