He's up before dawn, and out after dark. He's pulled picnic benches out of the creek, cleaned up after vandals, picked up more than his share of dog poo, and manicured Dan Lawrence Field ahead of two state championship football games. Now the Town of Paonia has said thank you by renewing its annual parks maintenance agreement with Mikel Altenhofen.
The 2016 contract is for $39,900, payable in 12 monthly installments, "even though the bulk of the work is performed during the spring and summer months," according to the contract. Altenhofen's contractual obligations include Town Park, Apple Valley Park, Poulos Park and Lee's Park and require that he provide all of the machinery, fuel, oil and other equipment to carry out his work. He is also obligated to perform maintenance during fall and winter and is responsible for watering of trees on Grand Avenue and care of Town Hall grounds.
The town's responsibilities include providing materials for cleaning and repairs, fertilizers and herbicides, scheduling of events, and keeping Altenhofen informed of upcoming events in a timely manner.
The contract does not reflect an increase in compensation from 2015. Town manager Jane Berry praised Altenhofen for his continued dedication. "He is willing to continue to accept the terms of the existing contract going forth in 2016," said Berry at the Nov. 24 meeting of the board of trustees. "Mike's done an outstanding job and it's our recommendation that this contract be extended for another year."
"I appreciate the confidence that the board shows in me to do the job," said Altenhofen, who told the board he loves his job. "It's the highest compliment they could pay me."