National Public Works Week in California
By the time this issue of the APWA Reporter hits your mailbox, there will only be a couple of weeks left until National Public Works Week, this year held May 15-21. National Public Works Week is your best opportunity to inform the public about how public works professionals contribute to everyone's health, safety, and comfort. The 2005 theme is "Public Works Is Everywhere You Look."
As you finalize your plans for this year's celebration/promotion of National Public Works Week, keep in mind the following objectives which have stood the test of time since APWA launched this "major public education program" in 1960:
El Cerrito residents at the 2004 Public Works Open House
City of El Cerrito (submitted by Bruce King, Maintenance Manager, City of El Cerrito)
The City of El Cerrito will be hosting its third Public Works Open House this year on Wednesday, May 18, to coincide with National Public Works Week. The City's Public Works Department and our local sanitary sewer district, Stege Sanitary, will again be inviting the public to come up to our Corporation Yard to see displays of public works equipment and exhibits, talk with the public works staff, and see demonstrations of various techniques and services that public works personnel perform every day for the residents of El Cerrito.
As we have done in the past, the City provides deli sandwiches and cold drinks, conducts a free raffle of gift certificates and merchandise donated by local merchants, and distributes free information on the City's recycling program, NPDES Clean Water program and special services available from the Public Works Department. The City also partners with a number of our local utility providers that perform work on City streets such as Pacific Gas and Electric, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Contra Costa County Public Works, and the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and invites them to set up their maintenance equipment and displays for the public to see and ask questions about.
Last year's attendance at our Open House event drew between 150 and 160 local residents.
City of Carlsbad (submitted by Deborah Lea, Public Works Administration, City of Carlsbad)
On May 19, 2004, the City of Carlsbad Public Works Department celebrated National Public Works Week by hosting a Public Works Fair to show off the various divisions within the department. The Fair included educational booths and a variety of equipment used within the department. Divisions and programs represented at the Fair included Engineering, Fleet, Parks, Trees & Medians, Stormwater Protection, Streets, Water Conservation and Water & Sewer Operations.
Visitors had the opportunity to see and learn about the variety of public works activities that take place on a daily basis. Each department had staff available to answer questions and explain his or her role to visitors. Activities at the Fair ranged from watershed model presentations to traffic signal and sewer line video demonstrations. There were handouts at each table including stickers, pens and pencils, coloring books and construction hats.
The fair was a complete success! Nearly 500 Carlsbad residents, library patrons, City employees and school children from Carlsbad Unified School District attended the Fair. The City received many positive comments about the displays, vehicle demonstrations, and of course, the giveaways!
Here are some of the activities planned for the upcoming 2005 Public Works Fair:
City of Daly City (submitted by Vicky Feng, Public Works Department, City of Daly City)
The City of Daly City is the largest city in the San Mateo County with a population of about 105,000. During the week of May 15-21, 2005, Daly City's Director of Public Works, D. Peter Gleichenhaus, will lead the celebration of National Public Works Week. The activities planned for this year are as follows:
National Public Works Week 2004 in Daly City was celebrated with a host of exciting activities that included the following: