Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

Edisto utility director receives his fifth ‘Starfish Award’

An Edisto Beach employee is being awarded for his helping a town resident during the recent Christmas holiday, and for his ongoing efforts in bringing better-tasting water to the town.
Patrick Zemp has been awarded the town’s Starfish Award.
Edisto Beach Town Council gives this award to a town employee for exemplary service.
Zemp is the town’s utility director.
He has been the utility director for The Town of Edisto Beach for nearly one year. In this time frame, this is the fifth time he has received the Starfish Award.
“It’s nice to be appreciated and to be recognized,” he said.
Zemp’s job duties include the daily operations of the water treatment and distribution system, which includes fire hydrants and water meters.
He also oversees the town’s wastewater system.
In addition to these duties, Zemp has a hands-on job with the incoming new water project, which will improve the taste and flow of water within the town. (See related story in this issue). According to Zemp, the town’s new water project is set to be “up and running” in the next few weeks, with anticipated DHEC approval happening this week.
Regardless of his job duties, Zemp received the Starfish Award for his handling of a town resident’s water meter woes.
The town received an email on Dec. 31st from an Edisto Beach resident, praising Zemp for his help in a water bill issue that she was having.
According to the email that the resident sent to town leaders, Zemp resolved the issue by “finding and errant water meter to be the culprit.”
The resident, Deborah Hargis, further wrote that Zemp was “as professional and pleasant as I could ever have expected in dealing with the issue,” according to the email.
“He took the time to review the area, eliminate other possibilities, check all areas of flow to establish the fault,” Hargis stated in the email. “All the while, he was in contact with me and explaining the problem and resolution.”
According to Iris Hill, administrator for the Town of Edisto Beach, the Starfish Award program was created by the town’s leaders to “recognize exemplary service above and beyond normal duties.”
Further, those who receive the award must also commit to high standards and demonstrate the creativity that produces “positive, tangible outcomes,” according to the town’s criteria for the award and its nomination criteria.
When a town employee receives three Starfish Awards, they receive one day of paid time off, said Hill. This award is used as an employee incentive to encourage Edisto Beach town officials to go above and beyond in their daily duties.
Zemp is a native of Edisto Island and currently lives at Edisto Beach.

Heather Walters (1670 Posts)