Public Works superintendent to retire

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Reception slated to honor Balmas after 23 years with city

After 23 years with the City of Monett, a well-known Public Works superintendent is retiring.

Russ Balmas has announced his retirement, effective Thursday.


Balmas, who has worked with the Public Works Department since October 1995, was promoted to superintendent in 2004, and has remained in that position for over 17 years.

Under his leadership, he has been involved in many improvements to our streets, parks and community betterment projects. Some of those projects include storm clean-up following the 2007 ice storm; the Joplin and Pierce City tornado clean-up efforts; Greenways trial completion of phase I, II, and III; construction of the FEMA shelter and playground on Marshal Hill; the airport hangar expansion concrete work and access roads surrounding the airport; North Park ball field improvements, including the addition of field #7, the basketball court, skate park and shelters; the Jerry D. Hall Memorial Pavilion and Glen and Sharon Garrett playgrounds; the Monett recycling center and household hazardous waste facility; the Windmill Ridge golf course cart paths and clubhouse improvements; the new Public Works facility, sanitation and mechanic shops and salt barn; concrete work at new dog pound; new parking lots in the downtown area; the railroad bridge on Eisenhower Street; the soccer fields; major renovations at South Park, including the new Casino community building, swimming pool and water park, basketball and pickle ball courts, Frisbee golf, restrooms and shelters; and storm water improvements as well as curbs, guttering and road pavement projects.

Its been a wonderful job, Balmas said. Its been the best Ive ever had. Ive enjoyed working with the mayors, city administrators and all the guys in the department over the years. I appreciate the opportunity to have worked for the City of Monett. Its a great place to work.

As for the future, Balmas has his plans already in place.

Im going to go camping and just enjoy life, he said.

A reception in his honor will be held from noon to 3:30 pm. on Thursday at the Public Works facility, located at 594 S. 17th St. in Monett.

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