Grottoes’ New Public Works Director Off To Busy Start

Posted: May 31, 2014

The public works director for the town of Grottoes started his job at one of the busiest times of the year.

Shannon Clem, who began his new duties this month, has been busy mowing grass around town streets and at Mountain View Park and Grand Caverns. In addition, he’s been overseeing the weekly trash pickup and yearly brush collection.

Repairing broken pipes, however, have kept him especially busy.

“I started May 1, and I think we have had seven water leaks since I started,” Clem said.

Town Superintendent Charlie Stickley retired in February after more than 30 years working for Grottoes. When town officials advertised for his replacement, the job title was changed to public works director.

When Stickley began working for the town in 1983, he was responsible for maintaining the town’s water and sewer system. He also plowed snow from streets during bad weather.

“In times when the town was without a town manager, Charlie took on that role as well until somebody else was hired. He will be missed by all town staff and citizens whom he has served for so many years,” says the town’s March newsletter.

Clem, 42, is a lifelong Grottoes resident, who has maintenance and other experience after working with RR Donnelley in Harrisonburg from 1989 to 2006 and Rockingham County Public Schools from 2006 until earlier this year.

Clem also had been serving on the town Planning Commission, so he was already familiar with many aspects of the town, Nicely said.

He had to resign from the commission to take on his new position because members of the panel are not allowed to work for the town.

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