Brampton celebrated National Public Works Week (May 17 to May 23, 2015) by raising public awareness of our services and activities related to the maintenance & operations of roads (road construction, snow removal, traffic signs and traffic signals) as well as public parks (pathways, trees and playgrounds). It also recognized the hard work and dedication of public works professionals in our community.
- Local students in grades 1-3 had the opportunity to participate in Brampton’s annual poster contest and draw pictures describing what public works meant to them.
- Shayan Ezeanolue, a second grade student from St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic Elementary School won the contest and was presented a t-shirt with his artwork by Mayor Linda Jeffrey at the May 6th, 2015 Council meeting.
Works Yard Tours for Kindergarten to Grade 5
- Over 350 students toured the Sandalwood Works Yard to see equipment and learn about road and park maintenance.
- City staff demonstrated how back-hoes, water trucks and street sweepers operated.
- The students learned how street signs were made, and received a starter lesson on how roads and sidewalks were built.
- In a Family Feud-style competition, four teams of senior management representatives competed to see who knew the most about public works.
- After a fierce battle, the Corporate Services department came out on top!
Operator & Driver Skills Competition
- The two-day competition consisted of a Loader Challenge and a Truck Rodeo.
- In the Loader Challenge, 15 competitors were put to the test as they maneuvered loaders around obstacle courses and carried long culvert pipes while maintaining a carry height.
- In the Truck Rodeo, 17 competitors had to navigate a similar course in a tandem dump truck.
Annual Staff Bus Pull Challenge
- The 15th annual NPWW Bus Pull Challenge consisted of 11 teams, including a team lead by Mayor Linda Jeffrey, who competed to see who was the fastest to pull a 40-foot bus 300 feet.
- The top prize went to “Spray Soldiers” from the Parks Pesticide division, while a prize for Best Team Costume was handed to “Team Super Fur” for their animal-themed costumes.
Stormwater Management Pond Tour
- 70 grade 4 students were given a tour around Wheatfield stormwater management pond.
- Students learned about stormwater drainage in a subdivision and helped planting trees around the pond.