National Public Works Week May 21 to 27, 2023

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Peterborough, ON - The City of Peterborough is celebrating National Public Works Week May 21 to 27, 2023.

Public Works staff work around the clock to improve the quality of life for our community by maintaining infrastructure for transportation, parks and grounds, water, wastewater and stormwater treatment, public buildings and spaces, solid waste, environmental protection and right-of-way management, emergency management and first response.

This year’s theme "Connecting the World Through Public Works" highlights the way Public Works professionals connect us physically, through infrastructure, and inspirationally, through service to their communities, whether as first responders, or daily workers carrying out their duties with pride.

“We have an outstanding group of Public Works professionals working for the City of Peterborough, and I can’t thank them enough for the important work they do for the citizens of Peterborough,” said Mayor Jeff Leal. “I encourage everyone to take a minute to express your appreciation to Public Works staff this week with a quick word of thanks or a wave.”

“In addition to the day-to-day operations, Public Works staff play an essential role in emergency management efforts, responding to dangerous weather events,” said Councillor Dave Haacke, the Chair of the City’s Public Works Portfolio. “During last year’s Derecho storm, Public Works first responders worked around the clock clearing the streets, sidewalks and trails of downed trees and debris, enabling access for emergency personnel. Their work in the initial days after the storm and ongoing efforts in the months following the storm are to be commended.”