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Longtime Truckee Sanitary District employees retire

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From left, Nelson Van Gundy, TSD Board President; Evelyn Henkel, TSD Employee (1991 - 2014); and Joe C. Aguera, TSD Employee (1980 - 2014).
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The Truckee Sanitary District is proud to announce the retirement of two long-term employees: Joe C. Aguera and Evy Henkel.

Evy, whose last day was Nov. 30, worked for the District for over 23 years providing administration support to all aspects of the district’s operations.

Evy also represented the district at many community events including Truckee River Day and Earth Day as well as serving on the board for the local Sierra section of the California Water Environment Association.

“Evy’s seemingly endless energy and positive attitude will be sorely missed at the District,” said TSD General Manager Blake Tresan. “Evy not only performed her job at an incredible high level, but took the time to get to know people and their families.”

Evy plans to spend her retirement helping take care of her 97-year-old mother in Reno, visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Frisco, Texas, and camping and fishing the many lakes and reservoirs around Truckee.

Aguera, whose last day will be Dec. 30, started with the District over 34 years ago. “Little Joe,” who began his employment as a meter reader/laborer, has served the district as a Lead Inspector, Utility Leadman, CWEA Safety Instructor, Safety Committee Chairman and Field Operations Supervisor for the past 30 years.

“Whenever a customer has a question, we send out Joe,” said Field Operations Superintendent Lee Wright. “He knows the 300 plus miles of pipes, laterals, manholes and cleanouts that serve the Truckee area like the back of his hand. No one is better at addressing customer concerns than Joe.”

Joe, a former Truckee Fire Volunteer Firefighter/EMT-I, and one of the first town of Truckee council members, grew up in downtown Truckee, the son of local business owners and funeral directors, Joseph R. and Clare Aguera.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes in this community over the year,” Joe said.

In retirement, Joe plans to spend more time with family and friends and to explore the country, supporting the Will Play for Food Foundation to feed hungry children in America, as well as get involved in the local music and dance scene.

At a recent Board Meeting, TSD Board President Nelson Van Gundy expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation for the many years of exemplary service both Henkel and Aguera provided the district and wished them the best of luck in their retirement.

This article was provided by the Truckee Sanitary District, public agency responsible for the collection and conveyance of wastewater in the greater Truckee area. For information, call 530-587-3804 or visit http://www.truckeesan.org.