Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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October 24, 2012

Day in the mud

Cleburne mayor goes undercover to learn about city

 

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain can’t exactly call himself an “undercover mayor” anymore when he works alongside city employees because everyone now knows who he is. But he still makes it a point to take time out of his busy schedule to join forces with city crews working on various improvements and projects. 

Tuesday morning, Cain set out for the 200 block of Poindexter Street where he and others searched for utility lines to hook up to a new house. The group dug multiple several-feet-deep holes during the search, which Cain said he had no qualms about jumping into and getting muddy. 

“This is my favorite part of the month,” Cain said. “I can just come out here and focus on one thing.” 

After taking office earlier this year, Cain grew a beard and worked as an undercover mayor in the sanitation department, parks and street departments and saw first hand what it was like to work for the city of Cleburne. He said the experience helped him gain knowledge on what needs to be done in the city as well as what employees face each day on the job. 

“I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas by just talking to city employees,” he said. “If you want to know how to do a job right, you need to listen to the people that are doing it.” 

Cain said the city, like many others, is full of aging clay sewer lines that are either no longer used or are fragile and easy to rupture. His goal is to ensure that older parts of Cleburne do not fall by the wayside as the northern part of the city grows. 

“We have to make sure we invest in the older part of the city so that we do not have two different Cleburnes 25 years down the road,” he said. “We’ve gone and visited several other cities that have done a good job with that.” 

In coming city work days, Cain said he will likely do more construction work, but also plans to visit employees in various billing departments and other areas behind the scenes. 

To watch a video of Cain talking about the Poindexter Street project, visit www.cleburnetimesreview.com. 

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