Public Works Week Celebration

Public Works Week Celebration - Thursday, June 2, 2016

Concord Public Works (CPW) hosted the 8th grade from the Middle School (over 210 students) on June 2. This was the tenth year that the students were included in this event. This year's theme was: "Public Works - Always There."

Anna Trout, Administrative and Special Projects Coordinator and the CPW team spent months in preparation for this event in coordination with Doug Shattuck, the Applied Technology teacher from the Middle School, and the teachers and staff that helped as chaperones for the event. Planning begins once again for the next year as soon as the event concludes. Richard Reine, Director of Public Works, thanked all who made the day a success, as the group assembled for a group photo. He acknowledged that this event was made possible by the hard work of the public works staff, school staff, including the chaperones, who spent a great deal of time and effort to prepare for this event.

This year's event was a great success, providing a unique opportunity to show students what goes on "behind the scenes" and demonstrated how they can have a positive effect on the environment. Wayne Busa, Concord Schools Transportation Manager, coordinated the 5 buses and drivers that brought the students to 4 different locations throughout the day, which made things run smoothly.

Public Works was showcased by the following events this year:
  • Stormwater System Maintenance - CPW's Highway and Grounds Division including John Wilson, Jeff Koranda, Bob Trainor, John Hesdorff, Tim Porter, Scott Cullinane and others conducted a session including a catch basin cleaning demonstration, information about how beavers can cause problems with drainage, along with various equipment demonstrations. Tish Hopkins conducted a trivia contest that challenged the students' knowledge of local issues.
  • Stormwater and Water Quality Overview - CPW's Engineering Division led by Bill Renault, including Chris Olbrott, Jake Zwicker and Nate Chin conducted an educational session at "Junction Park" in West Concord to demonstrate the importance of stormwater management, showing how bio retention works while including some fun activities for the students.
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal - CPW's Administrative Division led by Rod Robison, Environmental Services Program Administrator, along with Paul Reinhardt and Nancey Carroll entertained the students with an educational skit which pointed out how important reuse is for the environment. The students were able to come up with their own innovative ideas in a friendly competition.
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Videos - Pete Laptewicz showed students the public service announcements that they created in class, demonstrating how to prevent stormwater pollution.
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant - A tour of the plant was conducted by CPW's Water and Sewer Division, led by Valerie Doerrer with assistance from Woodard and Curran staff. Alex Wahlstrom, Environmental and Regulatory Coordinator with assistance from Dean Strom, provided a presentation on water conservation including a lively water relay demonstrating the importance of conserving this valuable resource.
  • Best Management Practice for Turf Grass - Peter Flynn, Park and Tree Operations Supervisor and Tree Warden along with Dan Rowley, Bob Wockenfuss and Mick Hone, conducted a session at Keyes Road where the students learned about turf management and performed hands on Ph testing of the soil.
Susan Clark and Steve Barter operated the popcorn machine and distributed this tasty snack to hungry participants. There are many other employees that also provided assistance with this great event including Andy Giles, Andrew Walker, Rich Hathaway and Rich Weaver.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Video

The Students engaged in a competition to create the winning Stormwater Pollution Prevention Video. Out of the 28 submissions it was difficult to choose a winner.
View the winning video created by Mary, Maddie, Emma and Maria - "Stormwater Quality and the Home Owner"
View the first runner up video created by Caroline, Cate, Erin and Maddy.