Participating Municipalities:

City of Alexandria / Virginia-DC-Maryland
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The City of Alexandria’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) is Alexandria’s public works department and is responsible for constructing and operating the city’s roads, traffic signals, transportation systems, sewers and environmental programs (such as Eco-City Alexandria). T&ES also performs all recycling and refuse collection, street cleaning and responds to emergencies such as hurricanes, snowstorms and flooding incidents. In celebrating the American Public Works Association’s Public Works Week from May 19-25, the Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES) department held different events throughout that week and employees and citizens participated in the planned events and enjoyed the special activities, displays and food as outlined below: · Breakfast & Proclamation Monday, May 20, 7:30 a.m. @ 2900 Business Center Drive · Ice Cream Social Tuesday, May 21 (2:00 to 3:00 p.m.) @ City Hall, Room 2000 · Equipment Rodeo Training Competition Wednesday, May 22 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) @ the Victory Center parking lot, located at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue A parking and observation area was available for non-participating employees/public · Educational Session with ACPS Students Thursday, May 23 (2:45 p.m.) @ Charles Barrett Elementary School Staff were on site explaining public works functions and showcasing field equipment that is used throughout the City · T&ES Employee Service Awards/CDL Luncheon Friday, May 24 (12:00 to 2:00 p.m.) @ the Lee Center Exhibit Hall, located at 1080 Jefferson Street · T & ES Static Display Pictures of Divisions engaged in work activities and Static Display of Selected Art Work from participating elementary schools depicting “Because of Public Works … the 2013 NPWW Theme Monday through Friday, May 20 – 24 in the Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall Schools Outreach and the art contest: T&ES sponsored an art contest recognizing National Public Works Week and invited all public elementary school students in Alexandria ages 8-12 to submit a “drawing with a slogan” to a panel of City public works professionals. All entries were exhibited at City Hall in the 1st floor lobby from May 19-25, 2013. T&ES pledged that the winning entry to be forwarded to the American Public Works Association (APWA) for consideration and use in its 2014 slogan or theme. Attached please find the first place winner that a panel of City public works professionals had selected in PDF and JPG formats. The winner attends Charles Barrett Elementary School and is in 4th grade and her name is available on the JPG attached. The wining drawing was chosen based on how it had depicted the importance of public works functions and activities throughout the community. Furthermore attached please find several photos displaying Staff who were at Charles Barrett Elementary School site explaining public works functions and showcasing field equipment that is used throughout the City.

City of Mt Pleasant / Michigan
The City's Division of Public Works teamed up with the Chippewa River District Library System to host "Trucks, Diggers and Sweepers!" This event was part of the library's Dig into Reading summer program and helped to celebrate the American Public Works Association's 2013 National Public Works Week theme, "Because of Public Works..."

City of Olathe / Kansas
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On May 23rd 2013, the City of Olathe, Kansas Public Works Department held our first annual Public Works Week Celebration and Family Picnic. Those in attendance enjoyed a variety of educational booths, equipment displays, carnival games, give-aways and door prizes, live entertainment by our very own “garage” band of city employees, and BBQ in the city’s indoor equipment “warm storage” garage. Total attendance was around 425 including employees and their families. A mayoral proclamation declaring Public Works Week was presented; and our second APWA re-accreditation was announced, including recognition for setting the “standard of practice” in several categories. A good time was had by all! As our first attempt for such an event, we felt like it best to think small and “internal” rather than plan a larger public event. But because the “family picnic” approach was so successful, we have already decided that will also be the strategy for next year. The Olathe Public Works Department consists of seven areas of primary responsibility, including Administration, Planning Services, Infrastructure Management, Field Operations, Environmental Services, Solid Waste and Strategic Services. The department has approximately 350 employees.

City of Rockville /
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The City of Rockville celebrated National Public Works week with a week full of events for both internal staff and the public. City of Rockville staff honored their Public Works employees with a lunch celebration and a trip to a Frederick Keys baseball game! To end the week, the City hosted a free Equipment show for the community. The event gave the public an opportunity to see large public works equipment up close and meet their City's public works staff! The week long celebration gathered Rockville staff, their families, and the Rockville community to celebrate and honor the City of Rockville's Public Works Department.
City of San Carlos /
National Public Works Week Celebration at Hot Harvest Nights On Thursday May 23rd San Carlos Public Works Maintenance Crews took the opportunity to share National Public Works week with the public at the Hot Harvest Nights farmers market. We brought two of our newest trucks, the CCTV Sewer camera van and the Vactor hydraulic flusher. The air horn on the Vactor was a hit creating big smiles on the little ones. We were able to share with many residents what public works crews do to maintain the quality of life in our City.

City of West Des Moines / Iowa
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The Public Works family in West Des Moines, IA teams up to reach out to our citizens in creating a free fun family event on Thursday of National Public Works Week. West Des Moines has a vibrant historical downtown district which hosts a popular Farmers Market on Thursday evenings . . . the perfect venue for our National Public Works Week celebration! We take an assortment of large equipment for children of all ages to explore, provide games, temporary tattoos & face painting, a clown making balloon artistry, free treats and handouts . . . and information on storm water, careers in Public Works, solid waste, traffic control, and snow removal. Photographs were taken of the public with PAWS, the APWA mascot, with the photos printed immediately to take home. Great weather and a great time was had by all!

Concord Public Works / New England (CT, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Public Works Week Celebration – Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Concord Public Works hosted the 8th grade from the Middle School (over 230 students) on May 22. This was the seventh year that the students were included in this event. This year’s theme was: “Because of Public Works…”. Anna Trout, Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator and the CPW team spent months in preparation for this event in coordination with Doug Shattuck, the Applied Technology teacher from the Middle School. Planning begins once again for the next year as soon as the event concludes. Richard Reine PWLF, Director of Public Works thanked all who made the day a success, as the group assembled for a group photo. He acknowledged that this event was made possible by the hard work of the public works staff, who spent a great deal of time and effort to prepare for this event. Everyone agreed that this year’s event was the best yet. This was a great opportunity to show students what goes on “behind the scenes” and demonstrated how they can have a positive effect on the environment. Wayne Busa coordinated the four buses that brought the students to three different locations throughout the day, which made things run smoothly. Public Works was showcased by the following events this year: Stormwater System Maintenance – The Highway Division conducted a session including a catch basin and drain line cleaning demonstration. Stormwater and Water Quality Overview – The Engineering Division explained the importance of stormwater management while including some fun activities for the students. Hazardous Waste Disposal – The Administrative Division led by Rod Robison, Environmental Svs. Program Administrator, entertained the students with an educational skit which pointed out how environmentally friendly products can replace hazardous ones. This session ended with two teams responding to a quiz. Stormwater Pollution Prevention Videos - Students created short public service announcements demonstrating how to prevent stormwater pollution. The videos were judged by Director of Public Works, Richard Reine PWLF; Town Manager, Chris Whelan; Public Works Commissioner , Arthur Fulman; Selectmen, Carmin Reiss and the Executive Director of OARS, Alison Field-Juma. Wastewater Treatment Plant – A tour of the plant was conducted by the Water & Sewer Division, led by Hardik Ravel, Public Works Engineer-Water Systems. Melissa Simoncini, Sr. Environmental & Regulatory Coordinator and Alex Rooney, Environmental & Regulatory Coordinator led a lively water conservation exercise. Best Management Practice for Turf Grass - Peter Flynn, MCLP, MCA, Ground Operations Supervisor & Tree Warden along with his staff, conducted a session at Emerson Field, where the students learned about irrigation systems and performed hands on Ph testing of the soil.

Cranberry Township / Western Pennsylvania
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Jason Dailey, Dir., Public Works May 6, 2013 724-776-4806 x1521 Doing their duty: Scouts to decorate Township plows Starting May 19 – the first day of National Public Works Week – local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops will spend their evenings emblazoning seven of the truck-mounted snow plow blades used by Cranberry Township with painted designs of their own creation. The plow painting program had been a tremendous success in previous years at Haine Middle and Rowan Elementary schools in Cranberry with art students showcasing their school pride. This year’s program is partnering with local Scouts to raise awareness about the work required to maintain their community throughout the year, particularly during the winter months. The decorative themes to be painted on the plows blades – each of which range from 8 to 11 feet across – will be designed by the Scouts themselves and jointly selected by Cranberry’s Public Works Department and Scout troop leaders. “Their themes will emphasize the Scout spirit,” Cranberry’s Public Works Director Jason Dailey pointed out. A protective coating of polyurethane will be applied to the blades by Township staff at the conclusion of the project. Since 1960, the American Public Works Association has sponsored National Public Works Week. In North America, the week is used to engage and educate local residents concerning the contribution of their public works departments, including planning, building, managing and maintaining local communities to improve their quality of life. This year, APWA selected the theme “Because of Public Works...” for its 2013 program. Spreading the word about the Township’s snow removal practices, as well as the responsibilities Cranberry residents have for keeping their roads clear of obstacles, is essential to the success of that program, according to Dailey. Altogether, the Township outfits 14 trucks with plows and salt spreaders for the duration of the winter season. “We thought that giving Cranberry kids an up-close look at our snow clearing equipment and letting them leave their mark on it would draw more attention to the equipment when it is actually in service,” Dailey explained.

Kittitas County / Washington
On Friday, May 17, 2013, Kittitas County Public Works joined the City of Ellensburg, Washington to put on an event called “Touch a Truck” to celebrate National Public Works Week and allow children to experience various public works equipment and vehicles. The event took place at a large local park, and many jurisdictions took part. In addition to the County equipment present, the City of Ellensburg, the Washington State Dept. of Wildlife, The Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources, the Ellensburg Fire Dept., and the Ellensburg Police Dept. all brought vehicles and equipment. The County passed out construction themed rubber ducks and street sign suckers, “Roady the Road Builder” coloring books, and stickers to the kids. Pink and yellow hard hats and APWA balloons were available, as were many other items. Horns were honking wildly as the children climbed in and out of graders, excavators, fire trucks, a helicopter, chip spreaders, and various police vehicles. The turnout was well over previous years. No official count was taken, but 300 hard hats were given away. The attached photos show the contagious enthusiasm of the children, and the happy smiles of the adults. It is possible that a future generation of public works employees got their start at this ‘Touch a Truck” event!
Schilling Consultant Services LLC / Minnesota
City of Saint Paul Public Works, biannual Open House during NPWW. Video slide show (
Ventura County Public Works Agency / Ventura County
Our Public Works Week Celebration was a big hit in helping us connect with and educate the community. Displays representing each department of public works were set up including a 17,300lb crane, 5,000lb remote-control skid steer, and new bus pass machine! We also announced this year’s Employee of the Year winners and provided refreshments.