May 21, 2023 - May 27, 2023
National Public Works Week
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Mayor Joe Gibbons, on behalf of the City of Lenoir Council, proclaimed May 21 to 27, as "National Public Works Week" in Lenoir.
Mayor Gibbons read the proclamation during the May 2, 2023, City Council meeting. He presented the proclamation to Public Works Operations Manager Jon Hogan and Vehicle Services Superintendent Beth McMahan.
The Public Works Division in Lenoir has nearly 50 staff. Public Works takes care of Building Maintenance, Cemeteries, Sanitation, Streets, and Vehicle Services.
Building Maintenance manages the City's 45 public buildings. Staff makes repairs and maintains all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, as needed.
The Cemeteries Division maintains three city cemeteries - Bellview, Blue Ridge, and Fairfield. The cemeteries total 30 acres. Staff sells grave plots and markers in the cemeteries and maintains public spaces in downtown.
Sanitation staff collects residential curbside garbage in the city. Sanitation operates the Recycling Center on Pennton Avenue. The division also collects residential yard waste and collects leaves.
The Street Division maintains more than 120 miles City streets. Staff manages construction of new streets as well as new sections of the City’s Greenway system. Street Division collects brush and maintains City right-of-way and storm drains. Staff also maintain sidewalks and remove snow.
Vehicle Services maintains more than 500 City vehicles and internal combustion equipment in the city fleet. The division also provides fuel for all City vehicles, as well as some county fire departments and rescue squads.
PROCLAMATION IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK
WHEREAS, Public Works Professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities and services that are of vital importance to sustainable and resilient communities and to the public health, high quality of life and well-being of the people of the City of Lenoir and,
WHEREAS, these infrastructure, facilities and services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals, who are engineers, managers and employees at all levels of government and the private sector, who are responsible for rebuilding, improving and protecting our nation's transportation, water supply, water treatment and solid waste systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential for our citizens; and
WHEREAS, it is in the public interest for the citizens, civic leaders and children in the City of Lenoir to gain knowledge of and to maintain a progressive interest and understanding of the importance of public works and public works programs in their respective communities; and
WHEREAS, the year 2023 marks the 63rd annual National Public Works Week sponsored by the American Public Works Association,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Joseph L. Gibbons, Mayor, and on behalf of the Lenoir City Council, do hereby designate the week of May 21 - 27, 2023, as "National Public Works Week" and urge all citizens to join with representatives of governmental agencies and the American Public Works Association in activities and ceremonies designed to pay tribute to our Public works professionals, engineers and administrators and to recognize the substantial contributions they have made to our national health and welfare.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Lenoir to be affixed this the 2nd day of May, 2023.
Joseph L. Gibbons, Mayor
Pictured from left: Councilman David Stevens, City Manager Scott Hildebran, Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas, Councilman Ike Perkins, Mayor Joe Gibbons, Councilman Jonathan Beal, Public Works Operations Manager Jon Hogan, Public Services Director Radford Thomas, and Vehicle Serices Superintendent Beth McMahan.