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Andy Townsend, pictured with the Donald L. Napier Natural Gas Operating Person of the Year Award, was recognized at the Live Oak City Council meeting by Mayor Frank Davis, left, and City Manager Ron Williams, right.

LIVE OAK — A City of Live Oak employee has garnered statewide recognition.

Andy Townsend, the city’s public works director, was presented the Donald L. Napier Natural Gas Operating Person of the Year Award by the Florida Natural Gas Association on June 26 at the FGNA Symposium and Expo.

Townsend was also recognized at the July 9 Live Oak City Council meeting by Mayor Frank Davis and City Manager Ron Williams.

“This is the second statewide award that has recognized efforts in the City of Live Oak,” Williams said at the city meeting, also referencing the President’s Award that was awarded late last year to the Community Redevelopment Agency for its Heritage Square project. “It’s a statement of the progressive and positive nature of members of your staff. Andy, obviously, is no exception.

“A salute to him and to the council and community as a whole.”

The Donald L. Napier Award is given annually to individuals that have demonstrated outstanding performance in gas industry distribution and is selected from nominations submitted by natural gas utilities across the state.

Townsend was selected based on the leadership shown in Live Oak’s gas main extension project which runs along U.S. Highway 129 to Interstate 10 as well serving a shopping center in another part of the city.

The project is the first significant expansion of the city’s natural gas system in more than 20 years.

“While my name may be on this award, it was a total team effort,” Townsend said about the honor. “This is for the city. This is not just for me even though my name is on it.”

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