National Public Works Week is May 17-23, 2020 and this year's theme, The Rhythm of Public Works, highlights how our public operations work together like a symphony to provide essential services.
"Our Public Operations staff work together to provide and maintain the structures and services that keep our city operating," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "Our employees have made tremendous changes to the way they do their work to follow public health orders during COVID-19. Public Works Week is an opportunity to say thank you to all of the hard-working staff who have provided essential services all year round and especially during these exceptional times."
Public Operations in Lethbridge encompasses areas such as roads and road maintenance, water, wastewater, parks and waste and recycling.
"We are proud to work behind the scenes to play a role in everyone's day-to-day lives," says Doug Hawkins, Director of Infrastructure Services. "Whether it's making sure there is clean water coming from your tap, making sure the roads are safe to drive on or making sure your waste and recycling is taken care of, our crews are committed to providing quality service to the community."
In 2019, Public Operations was responsible for:
- Maintaining approximately 583 kilometres of roads, 726 km of sidewalks and 250 km of pathways
- Managing 100,444 tonnes of waste at the landfill and 17,931 tonnes of recyclables at the Waste and Recycling Centre
- Managing and maintaining 389 parks and natural areas and 113 playgrounds
- Repairing 90 watermain breaks and responding to 1,900 sewer service requests
About National Public Works Week
Since the first National Public Works Week celebration in 1960, agencies, municipalities, and regions have used the third week of May each year to educate and inform the public about the essential role that public works plays in the quality of their community life. Equally important are promoting public works as a career choice and recognizing those whose who currently serve in these crucial public roles.
Nick Kuhl, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge