To wrap up National Public Works Week (May 16 – 22), the City of Guelph Operations division hosted a public open house at the Municipal Street facility today, as they do every year.
Despite the drizzle and chill in the air, the turnout was excellent. And I can see why! It is always an impressive display and a reminder of how many services are provided — tree trimming, snow removal, street cleaning, signage, traffic signals, parks groundskeeping and maintenance of a fleet of machines with names so fancy I don’t even know what to call them (ie. storm drain-sucking-vacuums and underground-sewer-videocameras).
My 12 year old was pretty impressed with the big machines, displays and technology. He was able to try out a handheld ticketing device to issue a by-law infraction notice to himself.
And even city councillors learn something new every year. This year I learned that the City of Guelph recycles all of the broken asphalt and concrete when it digs up roads. The asphalt and aggregate are ground up and used again for other road building related uses.
Thank you to the Operations division staff for an excellent event, and for the less-than-glamorous work you do year-round to keep our city running smoothly and looking beautiful.