By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– They say good things come in small packages. That phrase certainly applies to the Town of Apple Valley’s latest Employee of the Quarter honoree, Paula Pereira. Don’t let her small stature fool you. Among her many tasks, this dynamo wrangles the Town’s largest construction project to date – the Yucca Loma Bridge and Yucca Loma Road construction and widening projects.
“Paula is the single point of contact for no less than five government agencies, six utility companies and four contracting companies,” Senior Construction Inspector, Brett Morgan, explained. “She is responsible for the tracking and invoicing of payments to and from many of these entities and ensures that the more than $40 million in public funds for both projects are properly disbursed.”
In addition to her work on the Yucca Loma Road projects, Paula is also a key player in other state and federally funded jobs within the Town. A registered land surveyor, she provides in-house review of all sub-division maps proposed in Apple Valley. She has also taken the time to study the tedious requirements associated with the Safe Routes to School and Highway Safety Improvement Program grants. She coordinates with CalTrans Local Assistance to get projects from concept through design, and on to construction.
Her co-workers laud her for her humorous nature and note that she puts customer service first and understands that the “customer” is anyone and everyone.
“With Paula’s keen understanding of the regulations and her dedication to the goals of the Town, these important improvements will continue to be constructed and further a “Better Way of Life’ in Apple Valley,” Morgan said.
Paula, who has been with the Town since March 1, 2011, was honored at the July 26 Town Council meeting. Nominations for Employee of the Quarter are submitted by peers or management and honorees are selected by a committee.