Pictured from Rumson, NJ are (L-R): Recycling Coordinator James Mellish, Assistant Foreman Larry D'Angelo, Councilman Frank Shanley (Public Works/Utility Committee Chairman), Superintendent of Public Works Mark Wellner, Assistant Foreman Butch Kochel and Foreman Tim
Rumson, NJ – December 8, 2014 –Superintendent for the Rumson, NJ Department of Public Works (DPW) Mark T. Wellner was recently recognized by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Public Works Association (NJ APWA) with a 2014 Superintendent/Director Award for his unwavering 28-year commitment to the borough and its residents.
The annual award recognizes an APWA member or non-member for making a special contribution to the field of Public Works in NJ.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for doing a job that I feel so passionate about and look forward to coming to every day,” said Wellner. He was quick to add that the Rumson DPW could not accomplish its job so efficiently here without the strong connection and support between all departments within the borough; as well as the continued unwavering support from the mayor and council.
Wellner was hired by the Borough of Rumson as a full time laborer in 1986. He has held DPW positions including but not limited to sanitation, recycling and the street department, and steadily worked his way through the ranks to become superintendent in 2003.
During his 11-year tenure as superintendent, Wellner has guided his department through snow storms, hurricanes and everyday challenges. “His attention to detail and concern for our residents is second to none. He takes great pride in his work, and his commitment is contagious with not just the people in his department, but also the other managers and staff around him,” stated the award nomination.
Wellner’s solution-driven style and out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in the design of Rumson’s Recycling Program and recycling drop off area; and has expanded the Rumson Green Day Program, which bi-annually offers residents book and TV/electronic recycling and onsite document shredding.
A recent Shared Equipment Program spearheaded by Wellner with neighboring town, Little Silver, resulted in the addition of an asphalt hot box and a 40’ bucket truck – the purchases for which were made possible only through this new program, which allows the towns to share the cost and use of equipment that is not used on an everyday basis.
Rumson also has a shared services agreement with Fair Haven in which the Rumson DPW the maintains Fair Haven’s parks, including sweeping and catch basin cleaning, in exchange for permission to haul brush to Fair Haven’s transfer location.
“Wellner’s dedication and innovative thinking have allowed the Borough of Rumson to continue to supply the high level of service our residents have come to expect, said Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl.
The Rumson PWD is comprised of a staff of 27 full and part time employees, who in turn operate an impressive fleet of machines and vehicles – all essential to the daily maintenance, safety and beatification of the town. The Rumson DPW fleet consists of seven garbage packers; three front-end loaders; one backhoe tractor; five large dump trucks; two hook lift trucks; a sweeper; four trailer generators, three salt spreaders; a bucket truck; an asphalt box; a compressor; three mason dump trucks; three pickup trucks and two vans – all housed at the Public Works Building at 80 East River Road. Other smaller park equipment, including ride-on mowers, an infield machine, farm tractor and two trailers are housed at the sub-storage building at Piping Rock Park.
For more information about the Borough of Rumson, NJ visit, http://www.rumsonnj.gov/.