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Residents invited to help City celebrate Public Works

As part of this year’s National Public Works Week celebration, the City of Yuma invites residents to a community outreach open house event 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at the City’s Public Works Services Building, 155 W. 14th St. (14th Street and 1st Avenue).

Residents are invited inside to the building’s Public Works Training Room to learn more about the services that comprise public works in the City of Yuma.

That event will include the reading of an official City Council proclamation of Public Works Week in Yuma.

Public works services in the City of Yuma include such essential everyday functions such as residential solid waste and curbside recycling pickup; street repair and maintenance, including street sweeping; fleet services; road signs; streetlights and traffic signals.

The community outreach event is just part of a busy week for the Public Works staff. They will visit Salida Del Sol Elementary School on Monday for an equipment demonstration, then present in front of the Yuma Jaycees on Tuesday.

On Thursday, staff will unveil a new welcome sign placed at the corner of 32nd Street and Avenue B. Welding students from Kofa High School participated in the fabrication of the sign. The unveiling will take place at 11 a.m., and members of the public are invited to attend.

On Friday, staff members will attend an annual employee recognition event.

National Public Works Week (#NPWW) was instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA), dating back to 1960. NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung professionals who serve the public every day with quiet dedication.