In honor of National Public Works Week, the public is invited to an open house and heavy equipment demonstration on Wednesday, May 24, from 1:00pm to 7:00pm at the City’s Public Works facility, 625 Glenwood Street, Waterloo. The celebration will draw attention to the critical roles that public works play in the City’s economy and the daily lives of citizens. This family-friendly event is free and will feature a variety of fun activities for kids.
Visitors will be offered a unique behind-the-scenes look at the skills, tools and equipment required to maintain the city’s infrastructure and provide daily services. In addition to facilities tours, visitors will have an opportunity to ride on heavy equipment including graters, sweepers, garbage trucks, lift trucks and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult and wear proper safety equipment during their visit. Special arrangements will be made for groups wishing to tour earlier that day.
The Waterloo Public Works Departments is comprised of 79 Employees across five divisions: Street Department; Sanitation Department; Traffic Operations; Animal Control Services; and City Fleet Management Department. These divisions provide specialized community services, efficiently and responsibly caring for:
- 434 centerline miles of roadway
- 277 miles of sidewalk
- 548 pieces of equipment and vehicles combined, including automobiles, mowers, trucks of every description, snowplows, street sweepers, fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars.
- Provide fuel distribution including Black Hawk County and Waterloo Schools.
- Installation of energy saving LED lighting
- Continuous traffic safety improvements
As part of the celebration, Mayor Quentin Hart is spending time on the job with each division, riding along on sanitation routes, working with road crews and animal control officers, as well as crews from other departments to better understand their roles and the needs of the City.
National Public Works Week will be celebrated in cities across the country from May 21-27, 2017. To arrange a group tour for students, seniors, or those with special needs, please contact Sandie Greco, Interim Public Works Director by calling 319-291-4440 or by email to email@example.com.