Contact: Carolyn Gonzales 277-5920

June 4, 2010

“P” in PATS is for Paving

For the third year in a row UNM Parking and Transportation Services employees are repaving parking lots on the UNM campus. Dong Glenn, PATS operations manager, said this year enforcement and facilities workers are out in A lot in the hot summer sun to fill cracks, spread tar, seal and stripe the lot.

“We do it because it is more economical for the University. We take pride in the job we do and think we do a better job than contractors,” Glenn said. [Figures on cost savings are pending.]

The group held a barbecue potluck before their big paving project got underway. Parking Supervisor Michael Griego said, “It creates a team atmosphere and gets everyone focused on the job at hand.” He added that the crews start at 6 a.m. to get a jump on the job before the sun melts the crew as well as the tar.

Next time you see a parking employee don’t think of him as the guy with the yellow tickets. Flash ‘em a smile and offer a thanks for a job well done.


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