For Immediate Release
Mayor O'Neal Proclaims National Public Works Week
Mayor Jim O'Neal will proclaim May 17-23 to be National Public Works Week in Springfield at a signing ceremony at his Busch Building office at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, May 18, with representatives of the City's Public Works Department.
Other local activities will feature Public Works exhibits and displays in the lobby of the Busch Building and equipment demonstrations and Career Day presentations at Horace Mann Elementary School.
The theme for the 2009 National Public Works Week – “Revitalize, Reinvest, Renew” - emphasizes revitalizing, reinvesting and renewing infrastructure by recognizing the critical need to repair and replace aging infrastructure across the nation and in Springfield.
Public Works employee recognition activities will take place throughout the week, including a reception today honoring Earl Newman for receiving the prestigious American Public Works Association 2009 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year Award. He is the fourth Springfield Public Works official among the 500 who have been honored during the award’s 50-year history. The reception takes place at 5:30 p.m., today, May 18, in the Busch Building Lobby.
Springfield Public Works maintains nearly 1,200 miles of sanitary sewers, two waste water treatment plants, 1,935 lane miles of streets, 137 traffic signals, 36,000 traffic and street signs, and 77 public buildings. The Department also manages Springfield’s solid waste and recycling programs, including disposal of household chemicals and operation of the Springfield Municipal Landfill. Other services include Hazelwood Cemetery maintenance, fleet management, urban forest management, maintenance of 69 City bridges and an equivalent of 200,000 feet of waterways, and providing environmental education programs.
The American Public Works Association observed the first National Public Works Week in 1960. The observance is designed to create greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of Public Works services and programs in community life, enhance the prestige of public works professionals, and develop interest among young people in pursuing careers in the field.
“Public Works touches our citizens’ lives every day in many ways they may not even realize,” Public Works Director Marc Thornsberry said. “ The vital infrastructure, services, and programs that our employees provide 365 days a year range from where the water goes when you brush your teeth in the morning, to the sidewalks and streets you travel on, to preservation of open space and floodplain management, to important environmental services and education efforts.”
For more information, contact: Marc Thornsberry, Public Works Director, 864-1902.