Please join us in wishing Lannie Ross a fond farewell as he retires on Friday, April 28 after 25 years with the Public Works Department.
When asked about his favorite part of his years in East Grand Rapids, Lannie immediately mentioned his coworkers. He stated he has always been able to count on his fellow crew members and he’s proud of the commitment to quality that everyone displays, especially with the need to seamlessly switch from routine work to emergency services and then back – sometimes several times a week.
While he’s done everything from plowing streets to repairing water main breaks, Lannie’s preferred job assignment has always been pruning and maintaining the trees that line the streets of East Grand Rapids. He takes special pride in knowing that he’s trimmed and inspected almost all of the trees in the city right-of-ways. Lannie also enjoyed rebuilding the manholes and catch basins that most of us take for granted. He likened each one to solving a puzzle by fitting the bricks into place to create the round enclosures that provide access the sanitary sewer mains below the street. He’s also proud of all of the safety training and equipment that has been implemented over the years.
After he retires, Lannie plans to spend more time with his six grandchildren teaching them his love of the outdoors. He and his wife, Connie, are planning a trip to Colorado soon and want to book an Alaskan cruise sometime next year. In between, he’ll indulge his love of hunting and his part-time taxidermy business.
Enjoy your well-earned retirement Lannie!