City Council proclaims National Public Works Week

At the regular council meeting on April 6, Strathmore City Council proclaimed National Public Works Week.

The event will take place from May 15 to May 21 in the city. This year will mark the 62nd annual Public Works Week, sponsored by the American Public Works Association.

“It is important to recognize the work done by our operations team, and a number of events are being held during the week of May 15-12 to educate the public and other staff on the work being done by the community operations staff,” the administration told the council.

According to the Alberta Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA), one of the main purposes of the occasion is to educate the public about the value and necessity of public works organizations.

This year’s theme for National Public Works Week is Ready and Resilient. APWA has released a toolkit with suggestions on how municipalities can celebrate the occasion within their own communities.

Some of these options include environmental campaigns, public works exhibits, rodeo and equipment stores, self-guided tours, employee appreciation, and sporting events.

According to the APWA, the theme of this year’s National Public Works Week is to highlight the willingness of public workers to serve their communities and their ability to rise above the challenges.

“Public works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities and services that are vitally important to sustainable and resilient communities and to the public health, high quality of life and well-being of the people of Strathmore said Deputy Mayor Jason Montgomery.

“It is in the public interest that the citizens, civic leaders and children of Strathmore acquire knowledge and maintain an ongoing interest in and understanding of the importance of public works and public works programs in their respective communities.”

Councilor Melissa Langmaid moved that Council officially proclaim the practice and celebration of National Public Works Week. The motion passed unopposed.


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