MERRILLVILLE | Town leaders recently bid farewell to an employee who worked for Merrillville nearly as long as it has been a town.
After 35 years of service at Merrillville's Public Works Department, Richard E. McCall retired two weeks ago.
"I had a ball," McCall, 70, said of his time at the department.
Public Works Director Bruce Spires said McCall worked for nine different Town Councils and 37 council members while with Merrillville.
Spires presented McCall with the town's lifetime service award during a recent Town Council meeting.
"I can't say enough about the town and how good they've been to us," McCall said.
He said there have been many changes since he first started working for Merrillville, which incorporated about 41 years ago.
McCall said the Public Works office building hadn't been established yet and the department's garage was only about half its current size.
He said there were about 100 miles of road which the town was responsible for maintaining at that time.
"There's no telling what they have now," he said.
McCall said the Public Works Department had about 10 employees when he started. The department has doubled its staff since then, he said.
McCall described his co-workers as "a great bunch a guys."
He said plowing snow was his favorite public works job.
"We try to do a good job," McCall said.