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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • City Talk: Public Works Week kicks off with P.W. Day

  • If you could ask yourself the open ended question, “Because of Public Works…,” I would venture to guess you might have several ways of finishing that sentence, which happens to be the theme for the annual Public Works Week (May 19-25).
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  • If you could ask yourself the open ended question, “Because of Public Works…,” I would venture to guess you might have several ways of finishing that sentence, which happens to be the theme for the annual Public Works Week (May 19-25).
    Because of Public Works we have smooth streets, roads and sidewalks to drive and walk on. Because of Public Works our sewer and stormwater systems work efficiently (out of sight and out of mind most of the time). Because of Public Works our traffic lights, signs, banners, and even the striping on the roads and parking lots are maintained and operational.
    Because of Public Works our city’s three wastewater treatment plants take care of the sanitary sewer needs of our community – ensuring that wastewater is treated, and our city is in compliance with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Agency. Because of Public Works we have a vast network of pedestrian bike paths that improve transportation, reduce our community’s carbon footprint, and enhance our quality of life.
    Basically, the infrastructure you see (roads, bridges, sidewalks, wastewater treatment plants, etc.) in our 14-square-mile city is a result in one aspect or another of the work done, day in and day out, of the city’s public works department. The theme is about the quality of life brought to communities around the world. We are able to have clean water, safe streets and neighborhoods, efficient traffic and safe clean communities “Because of Public Works.”
    For these reasons and more, I invite and encourage you to attend the Public Works Celebration Day that begins today, Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the downtown band shell.
    This is one of the most enjoyable, family-friendly community events hosted by the city, and its four hours of pure fun, filled with lots of free activities, free goody-bags (with coloring books, balloons, stickers and comic books), refreshments (popcorn and soda) and memories to last a lifetime.
    The Public Works mascot, P.W. Paws, will provide the perfect backdrop for a free photo opportunity for kids of all ages who attend Public Works Celebration Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the downtown festival park next to Rolla City Hall.
    There will also be a large inflatable, mega-obstacle course for the kids to play on all day, and free tours of the Frisco Caboose (that houses Route 66 memorabilia). If you have never been to this event or the downtown festival area, you will undoubtedly be surprised by the crescendo of horns that will be going off as children honk the horns on city trucks and heavy equipment that will be on display. Be sure to also bring your cameras for some ‘Kodak’ moments that only this event provides.
    Page 2 of 2 - Participating in the event are the Public Works Divisions of Streets, Traffic, Wastewater, and Engineering, along with the city’s Parks and Recreation and Environmental Services Department. Rolla Municipal Utilities is also participating in the event.
    While you are attending the Public Works Day Celebration, plan to spend some time enjoying Rolla Downtown Days Art & Music Festival that runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music, an art walk, food, entertainment, and even a car show at Benton Square just a few blocks away. With both events planned today, you are sure to find something that meets your needs.
    Have a great weekend and a safe week ahead!

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