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Posted on: May 8, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Brookline Celebrates National Public Works Week


The week of May 17 - 23, 2015 marks the annual celebration of National Public Works Week (NPWW), which is sponsored by the American Public Works Association (APWA) to raise awareness of the vitally important contributions of public works professionals and the crucial role that infrastructure, facilities and services play in the quality of life in all communities.

This year’s theme is "Community Begins Here.” There would be no community without the quality of life public works provides. There would be no community to police and protect, no public to lead or represent. Public Works allows the world as we know it to be. The 2015 National Public Works theme speaks to the essential nature of Public Works services in support of everyday quality of life.

Brookline joins the nation in honoring and celebrating National Public Works Week. Join us this week as we highlight each of the five Divisions that make up our Public Works Department: Administration, Engineering & Transportation, Highway & Sanitation, Parks & Open Space, and Water & Sewer. Each day of the week, we will focus on a different Division of DPW offering you an overview about the division, it's effect on daily life, programs and services, current projects and initiatives, helpful links, photos and more.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - DPW Open House

One event highlighting the week will be a DPW Open House. Over 500 third grade students in the Brookline school system will have the opportunity to tour the Municipal Service Center, located at 870 Hammond Street, Brookline. Students will be touring the facility beginning at 8:30am and continuing through the school day. The DPW Open House will be extended to the public from 12:00pm-6:00pm. Visitor will get to experience the functions of our Engineering and Transportation, Highway and Sanitation, Parks and Open Space, and Water and Sewer Divisions. They will learn how to recycle, compost, plant, how street signs are made, touch the equipment and trucks used by the DPW, see the robotic sewer pipe camera in action, how to survey and lots more! We highly encourage you to attend this family-friendly, hands-on event. Download the DPW Open House Flyer.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - DPW Town Meeting Forum

Andrew M. Pappastergion, Commissioner of Public Works invites all residents to a “DPW Town Meeting Forum”. The DPW Town Meeting Forum is a special informational meeting to address any questions, concerns, or comments you might have about the operations of the Department of Public Works. Over the years many participants in Town Meeting have taken the floor at the annual meeting to raise any number of issues directly relevant to The Department of Public Works, but which might not necessarily involve the budget. This annual event is a special forum for a more in-depth discussion of issues concerning the Department of Public Works.

It is not surprising that there is so much interest in DPW. Our dedicated employees provide
extensive and often critical services to the community. These include engineering, transportation, highway, sanitation, recycling, roadway maintenance, street cleaning, snow and ice control, traffic control, street lighting, parking, line painting, sidewalk maintenance, equipment maintenance, parks and open space, conservation, public grounds maintenance, school grounds maintenance, skating rink, forestry, cemetery, water and sewer and storm water draining. It is safe to say that the Department of Public Works enhances the quality of life for every resident in some way, every day of the week.

To provide an opportunity to address any issues you might have concerning DPW operations, we are inviting you to the “DPW Town Meeting Forum.” This informational session will be held at 7:00p.m. on Wednesday May 20, 2015 at Brookline Town Hall located at 333 Washington Street, in room 103 on the first floor. We look forward to your attendance and participation.

Ongoing - Brookline Public Library National Public Works Week Displays (on display at the Main Library and Coolidge Corner locations).

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