BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS
They keep the city running — Many of the employees in DeLand’s Public Works Department showed up at the May 16 meeting of the City Commission as “National Public Works Week” was proclaimed for May 16-21. In the photo at left, accepting the proclamation from Commissioner Chris Cloudman is Public Works Director Demetris Pressley (dark blue sport coat, just right of center). The employees — who often work behind the scenes and are sometimes underappreciated — are responsible for maintaining and repairing the city’s water system, sewers, solid-waste collection, streets and highways, public buildings, parks and canals, not only a daily basis but also in the event of emergencies. In the city’s proposed budget for the coming year, all city employees, including these, would be eligible for 2-percent merit-based pay raises.