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Carrollton Utilities, city clerk earn regional awards

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By Jeff Moore

By JEFF MOORE

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The News-Democrat

Monday was Carrollton’s night to shine as Carrollton Utilities and City Clerk Becky Pyles were honored with top regional awards at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District’s 37th annual dinner and banquet in Erlanger.

CU was recognized by NKADD for its regional wastewater treatment plant, earning the Intergovernmental Unity of Effort Award for an organization.

Pyles was named Municipal Clerk of the Year in the Northern Kentucky region as part of the group’s public sector awards.

“It was a great night for Carrollton,” Mayor Dwight Louden said.

In presenting Carrollton Utilities’ award, master of ceremonies and Cincinnati TV newsman Clyde Gray said the award was created in 1976 to recognize projects “fostering unity among our counties, cities and other units of local government, nonprofit agencies and many other public sector groups.”

Gray noted that the $11.5 million treatment plant,  operational since September 2005, serves eight communities throughout Carroll, Henry, Owen and Gallatin counties.

Winners of this unity award demonstrate active and dedicated public service, consistent and positive efforts for the public good, intergovernmental problem solving and consensus building and cooperative and insightful planning for the public sector, Gray added.

“We really appreciate this award. We worked hard to do this project,” Louden said. “This award is living proof that if you build the best outhouse in Northern Kentucky, people will want to use it.”

Louden credited Carrollton City Council’s willingness to share it’s resources as a key element in the success of the project.

“Without that attitude, we wouldn’t get anywhere,” he said.

“We are fortunate enough that we have utility manager Bill Osborne, who has been willing to take the lead on this project and make it succeed,” Louden said. He also credited the work of counties, the commissioners on the utility board, support from NKADD in helping to find funding, and officials at the state and federal level for providing funds for the project.

“This is really a great project and we have all the counties around us involved in the project,” Louden said. “And we continue to expand.”

Regional clerk of the year

The night’s second award for Carrollton came as Clay announced city clerk Becky Pyles as Municipal Clerk of the Year.

“It’s an honor to be chosen,” Pyles said, noting that this award is determined by clerks throughout the eight counties that make up NKADD.

Pyles said she believes she was selected for the honor because of her years of service to the city, along with her work as secretary of the state clerk’s association – and work on the association’s education committee for six years.

Continuity is the important element that she believes she has brought to her position. Pyles said she has served with four mayors and many different councils through her 23 years on the job.

“She does a really good job,” Louden said, adding that Pyles knows her job well and gets things done.

Louden said her work with various municipal clerks associations is valuable to Carrollton.

The mayor noted that Pyles is an asset with the years of experience and the knowledge that she brings to the job.

Pyles has served as city clerk since 1985 and was given the additional duties as city treasurer in 1991. She became a Certified Kentucky Municipal Clerk in 1988, gaining certified municipal clerk status from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in 1991. She received her IIMC Master Municipal Clerk status in November 2006, becoming one of only six in Kentucky.

Pyles and her husband, David, have been married for 32 years and have two children, Gretchen Breeze and Jasper Pyles.