By RACHAEL LONG
What keeps a city running smoothly? Whether it be street resurfacing, operating the chipper service or providing snow and ice removal, it takes a team of versatile employees to provide some of the city’s most essential services.
This week, Brentwood city leaders wanted to honor that team of employees by holding a National Public Works Week on this week of May 19-25. The honor week is in accordance with the tradition of the American Public Works Association (APWA), whose theme this year is “It Starts Here.”
“The bottom line is that citizens’ quality of life starts with public works,” the APWA’s website stated Tuesday.
The APWA has celebrated the honor week since 1960 with the objective to increase public awareness of the contributions public works employees make to the community, as well as to teach the public about the duties, practices and goals of public works professionals.
The city of Brentwood has more than 20 full time Public Works employees and several more part time personnel, all responsible for maintaining and improving the city’s systems and services. For Brentwood residents, city officials say these services are “vital to our health, safety and comfort.”
Public works professionals include those who manage water, sewer, public transportation, and the maintenance of public buildings and grounds. In Brentwood, some of the services offered by public works employees are the following:
- Monthly chipper service
- Pothole repairs
- Curb and gutter repairs
- Pavement markings
- Street signs installed
- Street sweeping
- Right-of-way mowing
- Small drainage repairs
- Snow and ice removal
- Cleaning of street catch basins
- Debris removal from streets
- Capital Improvement Program- Transportation Projects
- Annual Streets Inspection for Resurfacing Needs
- Spring and Fall Cleanup – last three Saturdays in April and October each year
“In Public Works we are often the first to arrive and the last to leave,” Public Works Director Tom Hoppenstedt said in a press release. “Many of those here in Brentwood have committed [a] large percentage of their lives to public service, and for that we thank you.”
At the most recent City Commission meeting, Vice Mayor Ken Travis read a proclamation declaring May 19-25 National Public Works Week for the city of Brentwood, and he also recognized three city employees who serve with Public Works: Director of Public Works Todd Hoppenstedt, Engineering Director Mike Harris and Director of Water Services Chris Milton.
“Chris and Todd and Mike, they represent public service and what goes on in Brentwood, and I just wanted to say thank you because you guys do make a difference every day,” Travis said. “Thank you very much.”
Travis also urged residents and members of the Brentwood community to join representatives of APWA and local government agencies in activities, events and ceremonies designed to pay tribute to public works professionals. Travis also encouraged the community “to recognize the substantial contributions they make to protecting our national health, safety and quality of life.”
For more information on Brentwood’s Public Works employees, visit its Facebook or YouTube pages or share the word about National Public Works Week on social media with the hashtags #NPWW #PowerOfPublicWorks.