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The man who keeps Truckee’s public buildings spiffy

ABHUTCHISON, Sierra Sun

Just off of the main hallway in Truckee’s Nevada County Superior Court building, there is a maze-like corridor that winds through custodial and maintenance supply storage rooms and ends at Dave Borgmeyer’s office.

As the Building Maintenance Specialist for Truckee’s county buildings, Borgmeyer said his position never had an office in Truckee before. He built the office in the old kitchen/lunch room just after he was hired nine months ago.

“It’s out of the way,” he said, “which is good because we’re always banging around a lot.”

But not so out of the way where his colleagues, other county personnel from the court building, sheriff’s substation or library staff, can’t track him down.

“They never had a central person they could come to for a variety of things,” he said. “They come to me and say do it and I do it.”

And his colleagues are more than pleased with the work he’s done so far.

“We just have never had such a fabulous maintenance guy,” said Helen Myer, who works in the court offices. “We all agree, Dave is someone who’s there and dedicated to Truckee and dedicated to our buildings.”

From taking care of the small fix-it things and everyday building safety to snow removal, landscaping and larger construction projects, Borgmeyer is praised for making the physical work environment feel good.

He was cleaning up the landscaping and found a rose plant and a crab apple tree near the buildings. They had been overgrown and not visible for the past few years.

“Unusually, we got apples on the apple tree and roses on the rose bush this year,” he said. “Once we cleared the brush out we found them and gave them room to grow.”

He hauled a picnic table that was out in the woods behind the courthouse to the foregrounds and made a picnic area for employees and visitors. He also planted flowers in flower barrels near the entrance to the building.

“It’s mostly cosmetic projects to make the buildings look nice,” he said. “It’s improved the morale and work tremendously among staff.”

Borgmeyer, who has lived in Truckee since 1982, was self-employed for 12 years in commercial and residential construction and remodel work before applying for the job with the county. He has two children ages 23 and 28, two grandchildren and a 5-year-old Vietnamese boy he and his wife adopted five years ago.

In 1995 they traveled to Vietnam to adopt and bring home Davidson, who started kindergarten at Truckee Elementary School this year. He and his wife still collect medical supplies to send to Vietnam on a regular basis.

His hobbies include racing his 1962 Lotus Super 7 in historic and vintage races as well as travel.

While working for the public sector is a big change for Borgmeyer, he said it has been a positive and rewarding experience for him.

“When you work independently, you’re working for individual projects,” he said. “Here, you work for the public. You’re accomplishing projects and making your goals, but you’re making things better for everyone that walks into the building.”

His co-workers planned a potluck lunch celebration for him last week to show their appreciation for his work.

“I feel appreciated -they’ve all been very thoughtful,” he said. “Plus, everyone wants an excuse to have a little party and get-together and that’s fun.”


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