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City of Cold Lake wins fourth provincial public works award

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Cold Lake’s Public Works Department was recognized for its passionate celebration of National Public Works Week, and was awarded the top provincial prize this year, marking the fourth time the city received the award.

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The Alberta Public Works Association held a virtual ceremony that spanned from June 14 to June 17, honouring municipalities that have gone above and beyond in their engagement and support of Public Works Week.

During the ceremony, Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland praised the commitment of public works employees. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many of us do business but, when it comes to public works, you can’t fix a water main or a sewer line over a video call.”

“We think it’s important to celebrate the job that our public works department does. Our staff are out there regardless of the pandemic, the time of day, or what the weather is doing, to ensure critical infrastructure is functioning,” he added.

In order to work around the province’s public health restrictions, city staff initiated online and in-person activities, getting students, local organizations and residents involved in painting plough blades, designing transit shelter ads, and naming the city street sweepers.

Participation in a Community Clean Up day, upcycling garbage into art and donating to food drives were also encouraged.

Copeland said educating people about the importance of public works is a must, and the week provides a great opportunity to do exactly that. “It’s a perfect chance to both let our residents know about the hard work that goes into running a community that we don’t all necessarily get to see, and to thank the staff for their dedication at the same time.

“The honour goes to them for the work they do and the effort that goes into National Public Works week each year, and we thank the APWA for the recognition.”

The announcements of national awards for the 2021 event are anticipated for later this year.

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