Progress 2011: The SweeperPublished 11:30am Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Hero: Tim Donahue
Secret identity: heavy equipment operator
Base of operations: Albert Lea Street Department
Superpowers: trying to do his job to the best of his ability and trying to perform his job duties the right way
Kryptonite: his mechanical abilities, fixing equipment
Affiliations: wife, Pat; daughter, Deb; son, Ryan; grandchildren Kasey and Tanner
Origin: Donahue, who has worked for the city of Albert Lea for 37 years, is the most senior heavy equipment operator in the city. He operates a front end loader, a motor grader and a sweeper. He is also trained in chip sealing and crack filling.
He sweeps city streets in the spring, summer and fall and plows alleys and parking lots in the winter, among other responsibilities.
He said it takes him a full shift for him to plow the alleys, and he is often called in to work at 2 or 4 a.m. in the winter with the regular snowplowers. Safety is always a top priority.
Donahue has lived in Albert Lea his entire life except for three years.
average number of miles Donahue sweeps in Albert Lea from March through November
parking lots Donahue plows in the winter
hours it takes Donahue to plow the alleys after each snowfall