City of Guelph celebrates National Public Works Week

Mayor to speak at Public Works Week Open House

Guelph, ON, May 21, 2014 – Join the City of Guelph in celebrating National Public Works Week, May 20 to 24, by attending two open houses this Saturday.

Media representatives are invited to film, photograph and conduct interviews during the following events:


Public Works Week Open House


Mayor Karen Farbridge (speaking at 10:30 a.m.)


City of Guelph Public Works Department, 50 Municipal Street


Saturday, May 24
9 a.m.–noon

Families and children are invited to explore City vehicles and equipment, ride in a bucket truck, navigate a tricycle obstacle course, paint on a snowplow blade and visit the colouring/craft table.

“The Public Works Week open house is a celebration of the work Public Works staff do to maintain clean and safe roads, outside infrastructure and parks,” explains Rod Keller, general manager of Guelph’s Public Works department. “We hope residents will attend with their families, have fun and get to know the City staff who work each day to take good care of our community and maintain our quality of life.”

New to the event this year will be the presence of the Guelph Library Book Mobile, one of the many vehicles owned and maintained by the Public Works Fleet Division. Join us and explore books and resources related to Public Works and Engineering.


Water Services Open House


F.M. Woods Pumping Station and Administrative Centre, 29 Waterworks Place


Saturday, May 24
9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Guelph residents and visitors are invited to explore the F.M. Woods Pumping Station at the annual Water Services Open House. Find out how the City keeps the water supply safe and flowing to meet Guelph’s water needs. Activities include:

  • Guided facility tours
  • Engaging and interactive games for all ages
  • Truckload rain barrel and composter sale
  • Native and ornamental plant and compost sale
  • Rebate information and money-saving water tricks

About National Public Works Week

The annual national celebration of public works professionals takes place May 20 to 24. This year’s theme “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow…” highlights the important role public works professionals play in supporting city infrastructure and community assets.

National Public Works Week was established by The American Public Works Association (APWA) and is supported by the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) as a way to educate the public about the many ways that Public Works serves the community.

About Guelph Public Works

Guelph Public Works department is responsible for many activities that improve the lives of Guelph residents. These essential services are offered 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The Public Works department is responsible for:

  • Roads and Right of Ways: Winter control of roads, sidewalks, city owned steps and parking lots; maintaining storm sewers, manholes, roadside ditches and catch basins; downtown maintenance; road inspection; road repairs; road sweeping; right of way debris pickup; graffiti control; guide rail, hand rail and boulevard maintenance; minor structural and bridge maintenance; shopping cart collection; curb and sidewalk maintenance; Fall loose leaf collection; and 24/7 on-call response.
  • Forestry: Maintaining Guelph’s tree inventory including tree planting, trimming and removal.
  • Traffic and Parking and the Guelph Farmers’ Market: Traffic investigations, maintaining traffic and parking signs, traffic control signals, operating downtown municipal parking facilities, administration of parking ticket processes, and the adult school crossing guard program, and the operation of the Guelph Farmers’ Market.
  • Fleet: Inspection, repair and purchase of City of Guelph fleet and equipment including garbage trucks, ambulances, Guelph Transit buses, police vehicles, and more.
  • Administration: Customer service, operating the switchboard, monitoring two way radio calls, traffic and storm locates, and general office duties to support the entire department.

For more information about the Public Works Week Open House

Rodney Keller
General Manager
Public Works
519-822-1260 extension 2949

For more information about the Water Services Open House

Peter Busatto
General Manager
Water Services
519-822-1260 extension 2165