Not many people have heard about it, but the City is preparing to celebrate National Public Works Week with tours and displays to recognize "the unsung heroes who keep our water flowing, our roads plowed and our parks clean."
The week runs May 19–25.
“National Public Works Week is aimed at recognizing the contributions of our Public Works employees and to provide the community an opportunity to learn more about the vital work they do to keep our city operating smoothly,” said Coun. Chris Mayne, Council’s Chairman of Infrastructure and Operations.
“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the men and women who oversee our public works for their dedication and expertise. Particularly, in a year like we are having with record snowfalls, extreme winter road conditions, and spring flooding issues, the tireless work they carry out is even more appreciated.”
This year marks the 59th annual National Public Works Week, which is recognized annually across North America.
The City will be hosting the following activities during the week.
Engineering Display Drop-in
Date: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Main Lobby, North Bay City Hall
Recent design and construction projects completed in-house will be on display, along with information on other in-house services.
Transit Familiarization (FAM) Tours
Date: Wednesday, May 22
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Memorial Gardens, 100 Chippewa St. W. (public pickups)
Bus tours for the public and local retirement facilities will include the City’s Public Works Yard, Recycle Centre, and Water Treatment Plant, as well as an in-house construction project underway on Lavase Road. Members of the public will be picked up at 9 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Tours will be approximately 90 minutes and will include a short site visit at the Treatment Plant. Members of the public interested in taking a tour are asked to call in advance at 705-474-0626, ext. 2288.
Heavy equipment Display and Water Treatment Plant Tours
Date: Thursday, May 23
Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Water Treatment Plant, 248 Lakeside Dr.
Heavy equipment display in the parking lot of the Water Treatment Plant and tours of the membrane filtration facility with start times at 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tours will take approximately 30 minutes each.