Public Works Week

Join the City of Guelph in celebrating 2014 Public Works Week.

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…” conveys key impacts public works professionals have on city infrastructure and community assets. National Public Works Week was established by The American Public Works Association (APWA) and supported by the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) as a way to educate the public about the vast ways that Public Works serves the community.

Public Works Week Open House

Guelph’s Public Works Department invites Guelph residents to the annual Public Works Week Open House celebration. The purpose of the event is to educate the public about and highlight the contributions that Public Works professionals make to our community. Join us in recognizing Public Works staff and the many ways in which they improve our quality of life.

Public Works Open House
Saturday, May 24, 2014
9 a.m. – noon
50 Municipal Street, Guelph

The Open House will feature a variety of large trucks and heavy equipment demonstrations. Residents will have the opportunity to ride in an aerial bucket-truck (for a Food Bank donation), and enter for a chance to win a tree from the Forestry division. Children are invited to navigate our tricycle obstacle course, visit the colouring/craft table and paint on a snow plow blade. As well, staff members will be on hand to engage with the community and to answer questions.

Don’t forget to bring your library card.

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

Public Works Educational Activities

In honour of National Public Works Week the Public Works Department have partnered with the Human Resources Department, Engineering Department and with the Upper Grand District School Board to offer interactive working experience in Public Works trades. The following are activities planned for the secondary school students enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major Program:

  • Vehicle inspections using the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Safety Checks
  • Traffic sign maintenance and construction zone traffic control setup
  • Manhole and catch basin repair
  • Roadway maintenance and asphalt repair
  • Sidewalk inspection and repair
  • Construction project planning using geographic information system (GIS)
  • Urban arboriculture inspection and tree climbing demonstrations

As an educational tool, the students enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major Program will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on field demonstrations during Public Works Week. On Wednesday May 21, staff will be closing the road way at Cedar Street to conduct an interactive construction demonstration for students. The Fleet maintenance staff at 45 Municipal Street will be hosting one student per morning during the week of May 20 to May 23 to instruct on vehicle inspections using MTO Safety Checks. The Engineering Services Department has arranged construction project design and planning activities using GIS and other engineering software applications.

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

Rod Keller
General Manger
Public Works Department
519-822-1260 extension 2949
rodney.keller@guelph.ca