Friday, May 18, 2012

Snow plow art for National Public Works Week

I've spent the last several days sharing information with you about the deplorable state of accounting at Toledo Public Schools in light of their decision to request a new 6.9 mill levy - and a permanent one at that.

And I must admit that reviewing their most recent audit and the management letter that accompanied it (Part 1, Part 2), gave me a headache. So here is something from the City of Toledo that's a bit more on the lighter side:

City hosts open house in honor of National Public Works Week

Features up close look at equipment, snow plow art by local schools

The City of Toledo’s Department of Public Service will host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 to kick off National Public Works week. Citizens will be welcomed at the Division of Streets Bridges and Harbor at 1189 W. Central Ave.

The event will feature eight snow plows decorated by students from Toledo area schools. Entries were submitted by Kids 2 Treasure preschool; Birmingham Elementary School; East Broadway Elementary in partnership with Adelante; McKinley Elementary School; Spring Elementary School in partnership with the YMCA; St. Pius School; Scott High School, and St. Francis School. The snow plow art will be recognized at 2 p.m. as part of the closing program for the event. Pictures of the submitted snow plow art can also be viewed on the city’s Facebook page.

In addition to the student art, residents will have the opportunity to see up close the heavy equipment used by the division as they perform their daily duties around the city and talk to staff about the services the department provides to residents, how services are funded and how calls for service are fielded and assigned. The event is free and residents are encouraged to come learn more about how their tax dollars are put to work.

The Department of Public Service includes the divisions of Fleet Services and Facility Operations; Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Solid Waste; Streets, Bridges and Harbor, and Transportation. The department provides many of the core services necessary for city operations and response to citizen needs.


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