National Public Works Week in Bettendorf

Patricia Copeland, CPPB, CPESC-IT
Public Works Coordinator
City of Bettendorf, Iowa

  Employee Appreciation Luncheon 2005

The City of Bettendorf started the National Public Works Week 2005 celebration with an employee cookout on Wednesday, May 18. Employees gathered to enjoy brats, hot dogs, chips, potato salad, coleslaw, cookies and soft drinks.

On Saturday the public was invited to the Public Works "Open House and Annual Recycling Fair," where the festivities ran from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. City equipment was displayed and many enjoyed the "hands-on operation" of the backhoe. Informational displays were available on eWaste and biodiesel fuel. Demonstrations were given on the Enviroscape and Stream model tables. Complimentary food items included pop, ice cream, coffee, popcorn, hot dogs, brats and chips. Drawings were held for free yard waste and trash stickers, bus passes, tokens and passports. Free compost was given away and gardening tips were available from the Master Gardeners. Projects completed in the stormwater section were displayed and a display of native plants and grasses provided information on the installation of rain gardens.

A staff member from the Bettendorf Family Museum entertained the children with face painting.

  Dismounting from a hands-on backhoe operation

National Public Works Week 2006
Preliminary plans for National Public Works Week 2006 will include the annual "Public Works Open House and Recycling Fair" on Saturday and an employee appreciation luncheon on Wednesday. An activity allowing children to plant a native plant or grass in a compost-filled take-home pot will be encouraged with the various types of native plants colorfully displayed. A live plant display on wheels will explain the difference between the root system of a native plant versus turf grass. City equipment displays and hands-on backhoe operation, a corn burning stove display and other environmentally-friendly information will be shared. Information on the installation of shady, sunny and butterfly rain gardens and best management practices for the homeowner will be available. City projects from the stormwater program will be showcased. The public will enjoy free food, beverages, and ice cream. Drawings will be held for free trash and yard waste stickers, bus passes, tokens and passports.

  Free compost for the taking

Patricia Copeland can be reached at (563) 344-4084 or

If you would like a "How To" guide for planning your 2006 National Public Works Week activities, please call (800) 848-APWA.