MARYSVILLE — Mayor Jon Nehring is pleased to announce Parks Maintenance Manager Mike Robinson as the city of Marysville's Employee of the Month for October.
For nearly 25 years, Robinson has established himself as a leader in making Marysville's parks safer, well-maintained and more attractive for community members, both through the dedicated parks crews he manages and the volunteer groups he oversees.
Among his many hats, Robinson serves as a volunteer coordinator for the city and has been instrumental in guiding a growing number of volunteer projects.
In 2012-13, more than 34 events required many hours of volunteer time to organize outside of normal work schedules.
"Marysville's parks are safer and more attractive places to recreate thanks to Mike, and to the growing number of volunteer groups who know that their projects will be equipped, well-orchestrated and, most of all, appreciated by the community," Nehring said at a recent City Council meeting award presentation. "He genuinely lives to serve his community through coordinating volunteer events."
Through Robinson's coordination and supervision, the city has doubled its volunteer hours, with a total of more than 3,230 hours, which equates to a value of more than $73,000.
Nehring also lauded Robinson for his gift for creating partnerships with local faith-based groups, local businesses and nonprofit organizations, which have contributed labor toward ongoing maintenance and new construction of city facilities.
Among Robinson's noteworthy projects are the annual "Clean Sweep Week" neighborhood cleanups, the Doleshel Park development which will soon open next to Kellogg Marsh Elementary, United Way Day of Caring volunteer projects, dozens of Eagle Scout projects over the years, and tree- and bulb-planting projects.
Robinson dedicates much of his own time on evenings and weekends to coordinate these projects, and he isn't above stepping in and joining work parties in their tasks, according to Nehring. Robinson also plays a key role in year-round Parks and Recreation activities and special events, and his newest project will take him back to the municipal golf course, where his career with Marysville started 25 years ago. He will oversee a STEM project for Cedarcrest Golf Course that will give high school student volunteers an opportunity to address drainage issues at the course.
As a special on-the-side project for the holidays, Robinson and his wife of 33 years, Vicki, plan to refurbish the city's large holiday light-up train for public display.
This is the second time that Robinson has been named Employee of the Month.