Serving you: Filling in the cracks

The weather was nearly perfect Wednesday morning as Shane Vaughn and his crew slowly made their way along Sharon Street on Harmar Hill, sealing small crevices that have appeared in the pavement over the winter months. It can be hot work when temperatures climb into the 80s, but Vaughn said he enjoys his job.

Q: How long have you worked for the city?

A: It will be five years in July. I started out as a laborer, then obtained my commercial drivers license. Some of the older guys kind of took me under their wing and helped with that. I’ve had the CDL for the last two years.

Q: What are some of your duties with the streets department?

A: We do a little of everything-crack sealing, concrete work on sidewalks. In the fall we’re vacuuming up leaves or blowing debris out of culverts. It’s a great job, though. Just about the time the crack sealing starts to get old, for example, we move on to something else. The work is always changing, so the job stays fresh.

Q: You work on the streets every day-are they in good shape?

A: I think the city keeps them in pretty good shape-it’s a never-ending, ongoing process. A road gets paved one year, then we do maintenance in the following years until it’s paved again.

Q: It seems like the job can be dangerous at times-especially when you’re working on some of the city’s more heavily-traveled roads.

A: Actually it’s not too bad. Most people are pretty good about being careful when driving past our work sites. And when we’re working on main streets we add a couple of flaggers to the crew to help direct traffic.

Q: What did you do before coming on board with the city?

A: I’ve worked a hodge-podge of jobs. Before this I worked on the sheet line for Magnum Magnetics for eight years.

Q: How long have you lived in Marietta?

A: I’ve been here for 23 years and have been married 16 years. It’s a great place to raise a family. I have two sons and both play ball, so when I’m not working I’m usually at one of their practice sessions or a ball game.

Written by Sam Shawver.