ANNA - The North Central Texas Branch of the Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association held its annual awards and recognition luncheon at the Crosby Recreation Center in Carrollton and named Wilson Contractor Services, LLP as Contractor of the Year. Wilson, a firm with offices in Denton, was nominated for the honor by the City of Anna. Brad Bulen, Wilson Contractor Services Superintendent, was present at the event to accept the award, as were several representatives of the City of Anna, including Joseph Johnson, Director of Public Works, and City Manager Jim Proce, who was installed as Vice President of the Branch’s Board of Directors at the luncheon.

In promoting the nomination of the contractor, the City of Anna cited the contractor’s completion of the Foster Crossing Water Line Project, a critical 6,700 linear foot water loop. While the loop is an essential element in Anna’s infrastructure development plan, the construction presented the contractor with a few concerns of property owners affected by the construction.

For example, at the request of a property owner, the contractor took additional time to cut a tree that had to be removed as part of the construction into manageable lengths so that the wood could be repurposed as art or for other uses. While some of the wood turned out to be unusable, the good faith effort by Wilson underlined their determination to work with property owners.

In another case, an affected driveway required additional gravel as a result of rain erosion. The contractor worked after normal hours repairing the driveway to ensure that the resident was not inconvenienced longer than necessary.

In several instances, the contractor’s attention to detail regarding various requests from residents was noted by the affected property owners, who expressed their positive sentiments with the City.

“In addition to the firm’s excellent customer service, the project was completed on time and under budget,” said Johnson. “Their work was of the highest quality and the working relationship with City staff throughout the project was outstanding.”

In addition to the Contractor of the Year and the installation of officers for the Branch, the organization presented checks totaling $2,870 to the Tarrant Food Bank and the North Texas Food Bank. The money was raised during several events throughout the year, as well as donations collected at the luncheon.