May 12, 2004
Renton, Auburn residents selected as employees of the year at county wastewater treatment plants
Franceschina of Renton and Bill Bailey of Auburn have been selected as
Employee of the Year for 2003 at King County's two regional wastewater
a senior operator at the South Treatment Plant in Renton, "is an
inspiration to his fellow workers and a tremendous asset to the
workforce," said his supervisor, Cheryl Read. "Ed takes pride in his
work, which he developed and nurtured through a conscientious effort to
always do his best."
added that Franceschina's attributes "exemplify the qualities of the
Employee of the Year." As a plant operator, Franceschina monitors and
controls treatment equipment at the plant and at off-site facilities
such as pump stations and wastewater flow regulators.
is retiring May 14 after working 30 years for King County's Wastewater
Treatment Division and its predecessor, the Municipality of
Metropolitan Seattle, or Metro. The Renton plant treats wastewater from
east and south King County and parts of south Snohomish County and
northeast Pierce County.
a master mechanic, began working at the West Point Treatment Plant in
Seattle in 2000. He quickly earned a reputation for his knowledge and
versatility. The plant treats wastewater from Seattle, north King
County and part of south Snohomish County.
job includes maintaining and repairing plant systems and machinery that
process wastewater. Working with other staff, he repairs pumps,
rebuilds gearboxes and fabricates piping systems.
is well respected for his craft skills among his co-workers," said his
supervisor, Dave Stewart. "He is also one of those people who everyone
likes -- a nice person."
An employee committee at each plant selects one Employee of the Quarter as its Employee of the Year.
Wastewater Treatment Division protects public health and water quality
by serving 18 cities, 15 sewer districts and more than 1.4 million
residents in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Now operated by King
County, the regional wastewater treatment utility has been preventing
water pollution for nearly 40 years.