Fairfield University groundskeeper Chris Trouw is the focus of the latest “Let’s Be Frank” episode.
Frank Romano: What are your responsibilities as a groundskeeper?
Chris Trouw: The wintertime is snow plowing and shoveling. Spring is like what everybody else does – spring cleanups – and then, pretty much lawn cutting and leaves.
FR: What piece of machinery do you like to operate the most?
CT: The Toro lawnmower that I use for cutting the grass around campus.
FR: And why is that?
CT: Your freedom. You don’t have to listen to the boss and he just says, “Go out, cut what you want to cut,” and that’s it.
FR: Have you ever gotten poison ivy, and if so, where?
CT: Yes, I have gotten poison ivy. I got poison ivy around my eyes from cutting up a tree that had poison ivy on it.
FR: What do you do when you’re not working? Any interesting hobbies?
CT: Once spring comes [and it] gets nicer out, I leave my car at home and I ride my bike to and from work. So that’s pretty much my big pastime.
FR: What part of the job do you enjoy the most, and why?
CT: I like working in the grounds department. I’ve always been active working outside since high school, and it’s just what I love to do.