Thank Public Works staff during Public Works Week

Public Works Week honors the workers who care for our roads, sidewalks, bike lanes, bridges, water lines, sewer lines and other infrastructure that we rely upon each day. The celebration runs May 18-24 this year. Don’t forget to thank Public Works employees next week for their hard work.

Minneapolis has more than 1,000 Public Works employees who design, build and maintain our infrastructure. They also treat and distribute drinking water, collect solid waste and recyclables, and care for public buildings, City vehicles, parking ramps, traffic signals and more.

To thank Public Works employees, supervisors will hand out a “grab and go” continental breakfast or lunch sandwich to their employees May 19-22 at 12 different locations. (Grab and go event schedules are posted at each Public Works work site.)

In his memo to Public Works staff, Public Works Director Steve Kotke wrote, “I am honored to be associated with a department that is filled with expertise, talent, experience, skill, and professionalism. Thanks to each of you for the value you bring to this department and to the city every day.”

Public Works by the numbers

Public Works staff maintains:

They also handle 138,406 tons of solid waste and process 25 billion gallons of water each year.

Published May 13, 2014