Public Works Departments across the county are coming together to celebrate overcoming challenges and the ability to provide continued care for their communities in one of the most trying years. This year’s National Public Works Week, taking place May 16-22 is centered around the theme “stronger together.” In a year that no one could predict, Public Works teams, including our very own Sheboygan Department of Public Works, rallied together to provide necessary services for their residents.
Our Public Works team launched the new Automated Garbage and Recycling program amid the stay-at-home order. Our goal was not to delay the launch due to the pandemic but to forge ahead and better protect our residents and employees by putting them in contact with fewer surfaces.
Outside of the new program, we continued to provide essential services to ensure residents could live and work in the comfort of their homes. Our team worked hard to maintain 209.1 miles of sanitary sewer, so there were no backups in homes. Additionally, the team didn’t miss a collection day, ensuring all 18,500 homes in our care had their garbage picked up each week.
None of this could have been done without our team. According to Jason Blasiola, Streets and Sanitation Superintendent, “By providing essential service such as garbage collection and sewer maintenance, the Department of Public Works was able to ensure that people could stay at home safely during the shutdown.”
This National Public Works Week, we are thankful for our team, who didn’t back down during the pandemic. We certainly were “stronger together” as we continued our mission of making Sheboygan the best place to live, work, and play.
To learn more about the services provided by the Public Works Team in 2020, check out our Annual Report.
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