The Dave Barry Lift Station is getting a facelift. I know because the Dave Barry (No. 16) is MY lift station, just a couple of blocks from my house. I drive by it every day and walk past it almost every day (except in inclement weather–like October through March, sometimes April).
If you don’t know, Grand Forks has been naming (sewer) lift stations in the past few years. Read into it what you will. It was the brainchild of Dr. Mayor Mike Brown, maybe not his best one, but it was his.
The first "honoree" was Mr. Barry. It seemed liked a good way to recognize the famous humorist’s work, I guess, and about the only way to get him to town. I remember our camera crew bitching about having to cover its dedication on a very cold January, 2002 day. I was busy working inside at the time.
Another lift station is named after Grand Forks Herald writer Marilyn Hagerty. Hers is not getting a facelift, as far as I know.
Actually, the Dave lift station is getting more than a facelift. Already, the lift station’s pumps, pump valves and the like have been replaced. Dave Kresel, Grand Forks waste water supervisor, says it’s work that needs to be done every 15 or 20 years. He says they’re also sprucing up the exterior a little, to make it more esthecally pleasing.
Now, Dr. Mayor Mike will have to get Mr. Barry back for a re-dedication of the shiny, new Dave. Good luck with that.