Longtime MP Public Works director says he will retire Nov. 1

By on September 10, 2010

by Lynn Meredith
Maple Park—The Maple Park Village Board received a shock at its meeting on Tuesday when President Kathy Curtis announced that Public Works Director Eric Pinion was retiring.

“He handed me this letter tonight, and I said, ‘I’m not going to like this, am I?’” Curtis said.

Pinion, who has held the post as Public Works Director for 27 years, will retire as of Nov. 1.

“I really don’t want to, but I want to,” Pinion told the board. “It’s time.”

Pinion has been, more or less, a one-man show in the Public Works Department and knows where the pipes are buried. Trustee Debra Armstrong said that they would have to do brain surgery to garnish all the information about the village that he has in his head.

His department handles snow removal, mowing and trimming, general building repairs, meter reading and replacement and vehicle maintenance. It also coordinates events like Fun Fest and makes sure the grounds are kept clean.

Pinion, 67, said he’s tired. He said the 12-hour days and canceled vacations add up.

“I enjoy what I do. I enjoy talking to the people. I don’t know any strangers. But I want to relax for a while,” Pinion said, and then added, “But I’ll find something. I can’t sit still for long.”