Metolius Public Works Supervisor Patrick Hanenkrat recently was awarded by the city of Metolius.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Pat Hanenkrat, center, with his wife, Kimberly, accepts an award from Metolius Mayor John Chavez.Metolius Public Works Supervisor Patrick Hanenkrat, recently received an award for service excellence within the city of Metolius.

Hanenkrat was also nominated by Metolius City Councilor Candy Canga for the Herman Kehrli Award, through the League of Oregon Cities.

In her nomination form, Canga noted, "Pat Hanenkrat is a very strong and trustworthy pillar in our small town of Metolius and our county. He is a man of integrity with solid ethical and spiritual principles."

She said Hanenkrat takes his job seriously, immediately answers calls and questions from councilors and local residents, even during off hours. He goes above and beyond his duties by writing grants to improve the city's structure, which has resulted in the paving of eight blocks of streets through Oregon Department of Transportation grants.

He also installed 13 street lights, and obtained a grant to replace flooring and paint the historic Metolius Train Depot, and helped to create a new park in a Metolius subdivision.

He is a member of Living Hope Christian Church, and Pastor Brigham Brown submitted a letter citing Hanenkrat's contributions. Every Wednesday, he transports about 10 men to a Celebrate Recovery meeting, and personally mentors them in the journey to recover from drug and alcohol problems.

"Pat has volunteered thousands of hours over the years through different ministries of the church. He has served by leading teams from the church in community cleanup projects, and volunteering as an usher, greeter, safety team, advisory council and board member," Brown said, mentioning just a few of the things Hanenkrat does.

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