Public Works Department

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The Public Works Department is an essential element of the City of Woodburn in providing vital municipal services, which include clean and safe water to protecting our environment through wastewater and storm water treatment and maintenance to streets. The department as a whole strives to provide the best customer service proactively, deliver quality work with each individual project, and establish a supportive and respectful environment.

The mission of the Public Works Department is to provide basic water, wastewater, storm water services on which people may build a safer, healthier, and more prosperous community. It is the further mission of the Public Works Department to provide emergency preparedness, during natural disasters to restore City utility services and aid the general population.

We are always looking for ways to improve our services, processes and project development. A great way to get involved is to attend public meetings, become a part of a task force group and/or committee, and submit your opinions, suggestions and ideas in writing. We can improve with the assistance of the public and encourage you to make a difference in how projects are designed and completed. You are invaluable to our department and welcome any discussion you may have with regards to our services we currently provide and previously provided.

National Public Works Week (NPWW) (see here) is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works. The first National Public Works Week in 1960, included letters of acknowledgement from President Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson, and the Presidential Proclamation signed by John F. Kennedy in 1962. National Public Works Week is observed each year during the third full week of May. Through NPWW and other efforts, APWA seeks to raise the public's awareness of public works issues and to increase confidence in public works employees who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for present and future generations. APWA encourages public works agencies and professionals to take the opportunity to make their stories known in their communities. Over the years the observances have taken many forms, including parades, displays of public works equipment, high school essay contests, open houses, programs for civic organizations and media events.

The Everyday Heroes video shares the combination of physical assets, management practices, policies, and personnel necessary for government to provide and sustain structures and services essential to the welfare and acceptable quality of life for its citizens. There are several Careers within the Public Works fields and how personnel can Shape the Future, Shape Your World (see here). Create it, Build it, Maintain it, Sustain it, Shape It... Everywhere you look around in the community Public Works has professionals who make our community livable.