When Keith Waters retires as City of Joseph public works director at the end of this month after over 23 years, he will look back on two-plus decades of changes in Joseph where he has left his indelible stamp.

"When I came most of the streets were still gravel," Waters recalls. The main piece of city equipment was an old International tractor with a small-bucketed backhoe that took a long time to dig down to a leaky pipe. "We used to have to build a fire in the winter to thaw the street so we could dig," he said. Since the water lines weren't mapped in the city, Waters remembers calling on one of his predessessors, Curly Cox, for assistance.

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