County receives two awards for National Public Works Week

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The County of Wellington’s engineering services department was selected by the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) to receive two 2019 National Public Works Week (NPWW) awards.

The county was selected in the “First-Time Entry” and “Community of 30,000 – 99,999 Population” categories. The announcement was made Sept. 9 at the 2019 Public Works Expo in Seattle, Washington.

National Public Works Week is an annual observance that takes place during the third full week of May, and is designed to educate the public of the importance of public infrastructure and services. It also recognizes the contributions of public works professionals who work in the public interest to build, manage and operate essential infrastructure and services.

“What an honour to be recognized by the Canadian Public Works Association,” said Warden Kelly Linton. “On behalf of county council, I would like to thank Don Kudo, county engineer, for hosting all the great events around the county during National Public Works Week. I would also like to recognize the hard work and dedication of public works professionals at the county and all of our member municipalities. The important work you do is vital to our daily lives.”

The county’s engineering department hosted a variety of free public events at various waste facilities and garages. The premier event was the grand opening of the new Drayton Roads Garage.

“It’s very rewarding to be recognized at a national level,” said county councillor Andy Lennox, who chairs the roads committee. “I would like to thank everyone in the county’s engineering services department for putting on a great week of events, and for all your hard work.”

“Congratulations to the engineering department,” commented solid waste services committee chair councillor Gregg Davidson. “I look forward to seeing how we will celebrate National Public Works Week next year.”

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) was founded in 1986 to enhance the services of the American Public Works Association (APWA) to the Canadian public works community. Since that time, CPWA has become “the voice of public works in Canada.”

“This was the first year that the County of Wellington has participated in National Public Works Week,” said Kudo. 

“I would like to thank the Canadian Public Works Association for this tremendous honour, county council for their continued support and the roads and Solid Waste Services staff of the engineering department for everything you do to enrich the lives of our community each day,” Kudo added.