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Have you ever noticed the colorful planting beds located in the medians along Howell Avenue and Puetz Road? They are the work of Deb Chvilicek, an 8 year employee of the City of Oak Creek, and a member of the Parks maintenance staff. A long time resident of Oak Creek, and married for 26 years to her husband Dave, Deb is responsible for the design, planting, and maintenance of the thirteen 6ft by 12ft planting beds on our major streets, as well as smaller flower plantings adjacent to city buildings, and at various park locations around the city.
Primarily self-taught, Deb’s design elements are relatively simple. “I try to keep the beds full and colorful, and not too complicated, “adding, “I love to work outside, and this allows me the opportunity to do that.”
Her work often brings her into close contact with the busy traffic along Howell Avenue, a challenge she is keenly aware of as she waters the flowers. “I often have people stop right on Howell Avenue, and roll down their window to ask directions, and that can be a real safety issue”, she said. As a result, Deb wears a bright orange and yellow reflective vest as she works in the medians to insure that drivers are aware of her, and to get them to slow down.
Deb is also responsible for the Recreation Department’s Forever Young program, working with our 50-plus residents on computer training and other enrichment classes, in addition to teaching Recreation Department classes to our youngest residents, age 2-5 years old, helping them with simple cooking and craft projects.
Along with her husband Dave, Deb runs a company called “Happy Feet K-9 Agility” providing agility training to improve the bonding between pets and owners. They also coordinate “Roy’s Run for K-9 Cancer”, named after one of their dogs, which raises funds for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary School for canine cancer research. In three years, they have raised over $20,000.00.« Return to Meet Our Staff