‘Essential part of any community’

City Council recognizes National Public Works Week

‘Essential part of  any community’By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The Ridgecrest City Council took time during its May 6 meeting to recognize National Public Works Week, which falls this year on May 17-23.

National Public Works Week recognizes governmental employees, consultants and contractors who provide public-works services for the community “that are a vital and integral part of our citizens’ everyday lives,” read the council’s proclamation.

“Staff are still working to make sure people can flush toilets, drive on the streets and get to their doctors’ appointments,” said Public Works Director Bard Lower.

“And our improvement projects and development inspections keep on rolling forward.

“Another thing to remember is that public works isn’t just people who work for the city. We separately have waste haulers, consultants and the [Indian Wells Valley] Water District who all bring things together. Very rarely do they get looked at as essential personnel.”

During the meeting, the council authorized a notice of completion of a Highway Safety Improvement Program project that included improvements to seven school crosswalk locations and the all-way stop intersection improvements at Downs Street and Bowman Road.

“We’re still patching holes and slurrying – three large projects just got put out for bid,” said Lower. “Public works personnel are an essential part of any community … tell them ‘thank you’ if you run into them.”

For more on city Public Works projects, see ridgecrest-ca.gov/194/Public-Works.

Pictured: City work crews try out the city’s new slurry machine outside City Hall — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2020-05-22