Canadian communities celebrate National Public Works Week

A number of communities within APWA's Manitoba Chapter celebrated National Public Works Week. Summaries of several of the celebrations follow.

The City of Selkirk celebrates Public Works Week
Contributed by Randy Borsa, C.E.T.

Council of the City of Selkirk officially proclaimed May 21 to 26, 2001 as National Public Works Week. National Public Works Week posters were displayed at key facilities throughout the City. T-shirts and hats were purchased for employees.

Public Works Day Open House was held on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at the Public Works yard and Water Treatment Plant. Equipment was put out for display and the public was able to access same. Coffee, pop and donuts were supplied. Tours of the Water Treatment Plant were given to the public.

The Town of Altona celebrates Public Works Day
Contributed by Bill Loewen, P. Eng.

The celebration took place Saturday, May 26, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The public saw water works displays and was allowed to tour the works shop and water plant. All equipment was available for either demonstration or actual operation by the public (town operator present on equipment). The Town had a loader competition for novice operators. Prizes were given to the top two places in adult and junior categories. Rides were given to children by the street sweeper, gator, and police cruiser. Door prizes were drawn.

Compost was free for the taking. Drinks, coffee, and dainties were available free throughout the morning. Every child went home with balloons, colouring book or sticker book. Total attendance was 100.

The R.M. of East St. Paul celebrates Public Works Day
Contributed by Bruce Schmidt, P. Eng.

The R.M. of East St. Paul had a very successful Public Works Open House on Saturday, May 26, 2001 with approximately 60 visitors viewing the equipment and facilities.

The City of Brandon celebrates Public Works Day
Contributed by Ted Snure, P. Eng.

The City of Brandon Civic Day was celebrated on Saturday, May 26, 2001 and was very well attended by the public. Activities included all civic responsibilities. The highlight of the Engineering and Operations presentation was a model Water Treatment Plant showing the treatment activities provided to the City's drinking water.

Winnipeg's Public Works Week Expo
Contributed by Ken Welchinski

This year's Public Works Week Expo was again an overwhelming success. The approximately 10,000 guests had an opportunity to enjoy the many activities offered and gain an understanding and appreciation of the many public services offered by the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, and the private sector (HERAM).

As well as showcasing Public Works services, the event contributed a total of 23,300 lbs. of food for Winnipeg Harvest. Contestants in the Equipment Roadeo representing the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, and the private sector provided a competitive and entertaining event.