By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE – Local Marathon Petroleum Corp. representatives received thanks from city officials at the Dec. 7 City Council meeting for the company’s financial support of the pool reopening and other civic projects.
Mayor Stacy Bazman said local Marathon representatives Richard Robell, of Refinery Security; Honor Sheard, the Environmental Safety and Security manager; and Dave Roland, the Refining general manager, have been good to the community.
“They have done a lot to help us have some of the public safety and Parks and Recreation that we have in the community,” Bazman said.
Bazman said Robell, who grew up in Lincoln Park, understands Melvindale’s background and beliefs.
“He is a retired public safety officer, (who) through meetings, teleconferences and emails has been our immediate contact at Marathon,” Bazman said. “He communicates and interacts continuously with our police and fire. Furthermore, his assistance and support for the city of Melvindale pool was outstanding.”
Bazman said Marathon, through Robell, was instrumental in the city’s pool reopening this year.
“They just kept reaching out to us and saying, ‘How close are you? What can we do to help? What do you need?’” she said. “We are very appreciative for that. The kids were out there, it was a hot summer, so it was wonderful.”
Bazman said Sheard, who has been in an engineering role at Marathon for 17 years, also is a liaison to the community, and has worked closely with public safety in preparing for emergencies.
“On numerous occasions she took time to meet with city officials to discuss the opening of the pool, and what assistance she and Marathon could provide and help the city reach its goal,” Bazman said. “She is a pleasure to work with, and was instrumental in making the pool opening a success. She truly is a good neighbor.”
Bazman said Roland, who grew up nearby and went to local universities, has been with Marathon since 1987, as an engineer, manager, refining operations and technical manager.
Bazman said Roland has assisted the community by providing vehicles and equipment for public safety, and has provided public safety education and training, which has improved community protection and wellness.
She said Roland helped obtain financial support for the fieldhouse when it was converted from an ice arena to an indoor turf facility, and for the city pool, when it opened this summer for the first time in three years.
“I am grateful to commend this company in acknowledgment of the important role it has played in making the city of Melvindale a safer and better place to work, live and raise a family,” Bazman said.
She said Marathon has given local families a chance to participate in Parks and Recreation activities through generous financial support, and public safety has been enhanced through continuous training, and vehicle and equipment support.
Roland said Marathon is very proud to be good neighbors to the city of Melvindale.
“We look forward to continuing supporting the community here and continue to be good neighbors,” Roland said.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)