Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty and members of the City Council honored an employee who went "above and beyond" her regular duties to produce a guide for new residents.
Laurie Dawson, a secretary in the city's Department of Public Works, was recognized during Monday's council meeting.
Dougherty read a proclamation in Dawson's honor as she stood before the council with her husband, mother, brother and sister-in-law behind her.
"I know the amount of stress and strain that office holds," the mayor told Dawson, acknowledging her daily duties of communicating with Havre de Grace residents.
Council President Randy Craig and Public Works Director Larry Parks were also present for the ceremony.
Dougherty noted Dawson strives "to find new and improved ways" to communicate with residents who contact Public Works.
"It's a pleasure to have you in that office," he said.
Dawson "spent every spare moment" producing the city's "Welcome Home! Havre de Grace Citizens' Resource Guide."
The mayor introduced the guide during the Oct. 7 council meeting. The 31-page booklet is a resource for new residents and contains information on city services, municipal contacts, local employment opportunities, local schools and recreational and cultural opportunities.
An electronic copy can be found on the city's website at http://www.havredegracemd.com/resourceguide free printed copies are available at City Hall, the Police Department, Visitor Center, Havre de Grace Library or at the Lewis Lane Activity Center.
Parks praised Dawson's positive attitude, work ethic and inventive nature.
"When she doesn't have something to do, she finds something to do," Parks said.
Dawson was also congratulated by members of the council during the period of the meeting reserved for council member comments.
"What a true, true gem she is," Councilman David Glenn said. "Her can-do attitude and her tireless dedication is matched by very few people."
Craig said later that the council does not honor city employees on a regular basis, but does recognize "from time to time" those who have gone well beyond their normal duties.
Manager of Tourism Brigitte Peters was honored in May for her work in bringing the city War of 1812 celebration to fruition.
Thousands of people came to Havre de Grace for the celebration weekend, which included a re-enactment of the British invasion of the city in 1813, 200 years prior.
License agreement approved
The council members voted 5-0 in favor of authorizing the mayor to enter into a license agreement with the operators of the Lorien Havre de Grace Skilled Nursing Center, in order to allow the placement of a sign in the city's right-of-way along Route 40.
The nursing center is operated by Lorien Health Systems; the company is headquartered in Ellicott City and operates assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities across Central Maryland.