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City Council honors Public Works Department

SOLEDAD — At the last Soledad City Council meeting, the council and mayor came together to honor local staff for National Public Works Week, which runs from May 21 to 27.

The Soledad Public Works Department is one of the hidden departments in the city. The council joked that no one thinks about the Public Works Department until something goes wrong.

The theme of this year’s National Public Works Week is “Public Works Connects Us.” From the city parks to the water in and out of the city, Soledad Public Works is involved in it.

“Without you, the city doesn’t work,” said Council member Chris Burk after starting out with a thank you. “You are the unsung heroes, nobody ever notices until something goes wrong, and then all of a sudden you get a lot of attention.”

“You are all really critical to making this a good city for our residents, so thank you,” said Council member Anna Velasquez.

The proclamation asks that all residents of the city join with the American Public Works Association in paying tribute to the public works professionals, engineers, operators, maintenance workers, managers and employees and to recognize the contributions they have made to the city’s health, safety, welfare and quality of life.