Massachusetts Public Works Honors Two Employees

Two underground construction employees were honored by the Cambridge Department of Public Works for their work in the third and fourth quarters of 2016 on March 8, 2017.

Michael Abcunas, a Sewer Use Compliance Officer, and Paulo Almeida, a Construction Utility Inspector/Lic., received the organization’s Ruth and Carl F. Barron Family Achievement Award at a ceremony at DPW headquarters attended by their peers.

Abcunas, who started with the Cambridge Department of Public Works in November 2006, is responsible for managing the Remedial Sewer Repair Contract and the Pipe Cleaning and Inspection Contract. Both of these contracts are critical to the proper functioning of the city’s sewer system. He also maintains several flow meters and the city’s combined sewer overflows so that timely notification of activations can be reported.

“Mike is a consistently hard worker,” said DPW Commissioner O’Riordan. “He has worked hard for us over the last 10 years and produced quality work.”

Almeida is a Construction Utility Inspector/Lic. who started with DPW in February 2013. In his role, he coordinates utility excavations and reviews permits.

“He has brought great experience, skill, and knowledge to his position,” said O’Riordan. “Paulo’s job can be stressful, but he always faces every situation with enthusiasm, dedication, and attention to detail.”

The Ruth and Carl F. Barron Family Achievement Award, established in 1992, is, “Presented in recognition of outstanding productivity, distinguished performance and service to the City of Cambridge and Department of Public Works.”

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