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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 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 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 and to learn more about upcoming projects from the City's Capital Improvement Program.

That event will be followed by 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 a small part of a very busy week for the Public Works staff. Several private appearances at a few area schools and one service club take place Monday and Tuesday.

On Thursday, staff will introduce the results of a “mini-beautification” project placed just outside Yuma International Airport.

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 good every day with quiet dedication.