Not many of us know anyone who has worked anywhere for, count 'em, fifty years! One local man, however, could brag about that accomplishment if he wanted to.
But Alan Hamel is not one to turn a spotlight on his accomplishments, and there are many. He prefers to let his actions speak louder than words, playing an essential part in many of the projects that made sure Pueblo
residents had all the water they needed for a super quality of life.
Hamel retired earlier this year from the place he began working 51 years ago, the Pueblo Board of Waterworks. As with most people, when he started his job, he began on the bottom rungs. But by the time he retired in 2012, he was leaving as director of the organization. On Friday, November 30, the Pueblo City Council will be showing Hamel some appreciation for all his work for Pueblo. A portion of Grand Avenue, between Union and Santa Fe Avenues, will be renamed "Alan Hamel Avenue" in his honor. It's appropriate that this stretch is contained with the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project--a construction that Hamel worked on and is very proud of.