Franklin Myrthil to supervise village facilities maintenance

By Gary Alan Ruse….

Franklin Myrthil is pictured outside the village government complex.

Franklin Myrthil is a new member of the Palmetto Bay Village Hall staff and will be serving as the facilities maintenance supervisor, scheduling all work orders and interacting with different contractors, making sure that the facility is kept neat and orderly.

“I’m originally from New York,” Myrthil said. “I moved down here in 1997. Since then I’ve been in the construction industry, from the ground up to the finish work. For the past couple of years I was the finish superintendent. As they say, I dotted the ‘i’s and crossed the ‘t’s and made sure everything was acceptable.”

With previous maintenance experience, Myrthil has done a lot of handyman work, including work for the builder who built the village hall facility itself, so he knows the structure better than most people.

“This is a really energy efficient building and we’re very conscious of trying to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible,” Myrthil said. “I had some previous experience in this, but I am pursuing LEED Certification so that I can be abreast of all the new qualifications that may come up and become more of an expert in the foundation of the experience that I have.”

Myrthil said that his goal is to make sure that the village hall is kept fully functioning and in pristine condition for all of the residents. His usual day begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. He also sets the color of the lights in the clock tower to fit special occasions, and said he is pleased to be part of the team.

“I live close by,” Myrthil said. “I’ve been around the area since before Palmetto Bay was Palmetto Bay. I’ve seen how it has grown. I’ve seen how it’s become a nice, warm friendly atmosphere.

“In this building I’ve seen a good culture — a family environment. They’re all coworkers but it really is like family. Here everyone is helping and wants to make sure that everyone is doing their job to the best of their ability without trying to outshine the other. I feel very fortunate to be working here.”

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