FAIRBURY – Mowing will be faster and easier now for John Siebolt, groundskeeper at Jefferson Community Health Center, thanks to a grant from The Toro Company. Siebolt was among JCHC officials to attend the ceremony accepting the donation on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
JCHC applied in the spring for a Toro Giving grant to receive a mower through Exmark Manufacturing in Beatrice. Chad Jurgens, CEO; Chance Klasek, CFO; Judd Stewart, plant operations director; John Siebolt, groundskeeper; and Lana Likens, public relations director attended the ceremony at Exmark.
Exmark officials said two mowers were being donated this year, as a part of Exmark’s Community Giving Program.
In accepting the donation, Jurgens said that the mower replaces a mower which JCHC purchased in 2000. The mower was in need of replacement, and because of expansion projects, growth and new landscaping projects, the lawn is a variety of smaller spaces, so a smaller mower was desirable. JCHC applied for The Toro Giving grant, and was pleased to be awarded a new Radius Z Mower, bagger and completing kit valued at $9,947.
Stewart said he hopes the new mower will “take a little wear and tear” off of Siebolt, who had been doing quite a bit of push mowing to keep the grounds looking nice. With the bagger, the mower will be great for fall leaf clearing, as well, he said.
“We are really excited about it,” Stewart said. “We really appreciate the donation.”
Stewart said the mower also has a special place in his heart because he worked at Exmark for 17 years before accepting the position of director of plant operations, safety and emergency preparedness at JCHC.
Fuller Park, which includes a ball park, playground and picnic area east of Beatrice, was the other area organization receiving a mower at the presentation.More