Madera Public Works Director Matt Bullis will be leaving soon to join the Resource Management Agency of Tulare County, and as he goes, he will leave behind a long list of accomplishments.
Bullis has been in charge of the things in the city you don’t think much about until something goes wrong with them. The storm drainage from the recent heavy rains is a good example of that. Water was roaring down some streets, threatening to flood, as it has in years past. But somehow, the city’s less-than-adequate storm drains handled the deluge. Eight years ago, that wasn’t the case. Some business buildings flooded then when a similar downpour occurred.
Bullis began to manage the system to increase its capacity, and what he did worked.
He also led the expansion and improvements of the sewage-treatment plant, and oversaw installation of the solar electricity generating facility a private firm built adjacent to the sewage-treatment plant.
The city’s decision to put its garbage-collection franchise up for bid was due in part to the leadership of Bullis, who saw that there were ways the city could save money. Before doing that, however, he managed the switch to a three-can system of trash collection, bringing the city into compliance with state requirements.
The recent retrofitting of water meters to residential hookups, in order to satisfy a state water-conservation requirement, also was led by Bullis.
The just-completed construction of the Ellis Street Overcrossing was under Bullis’s supervision, as are the improvements now underway on 4th Street.
When asked why his leadership had been so successful, Bullis said it wasn’t due to him at all. He gave credit to the engineers and other skilled employees who worked with him, and to City Administrator David Tooley, his boss.
“People really liked working with Matt,” said one city employee, who remarked that Bullis also was active in Rotary. “He is a good guy. We are sorry to see him go.”