The Noblesville Common Council recognized City Engineer John Beery as the 2017 Stake in the Ground honoree at their meeting Tuesday night. During the past year, Beery’s engineering department constructed the Midland Trace Trail Phase I, Little Chicago Road Trail and other trail connections, made improvements at Southside Park and the Southwest Quad neighborhood, oversaw completion of the Riverwalk Phase III and worked proactively on studies for the Pleasant Street extension and State Road 37 improvements.
“In addition to these projects, John also takes the lead for the city with a number of developers and helps them work through the process. He always has the city’s best interests in mind,” 2017 Council President Megan Wiles said.
Additional road projects completed last year included the Five Points roundabout intersection transition, resurfacing of Mercantile Boulevard, 141st Street, Pine Knoll and Fairfield Farms subdivision, Metro Business Park and the $1.8 million annual street rehabilitation project, which included the Wellingtons, North and South Harbour, Monterey Village, James Place, Prairie Crossing, Cumberland Pointe, Old Town and miscellaneous thoroughfares.
Beery began working for Noblesville in 2006 and previously won the award in 2007.
“I’m very surprised and humbled by the award,” said Beery. “This isn’t an individual award, it is a department award. The good group of people I get to work with heavily contributed to this award. They do a great job for the city and are committed to move the city forward every day and making it a better place.”
The “Stake in the Ground” Award is designed to recognize city employees – at the director level – who go way above and beyond their jobs. Each councilor makes a nomination and then all members vote on the award.