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Public Works Week Event - 2013
Public Works Week Celebration – Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Concord Public Works hosted the 8th grade from the Middle School (over 230 students) on May 22.  This was the seventh year that the students were included in this event.  This year’s theme was:  “Because of Public Works…”.

Anna Trout, Administrative & 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.  Planning begins once again for the next year as soon as the event concludes.

Richard Reine PWLF, 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, who spent a great deal of time and effort to prepare for this event. Everyone agreed that this year’s event was the best yet.  This was a great opportunity to show students what goes on “behind the scenes” and demonstrated how they can have a positive effect on the environment.

Wayne Busa coordinated the four buses that brought the students to three different locations throughout the day, which made things run smoothly.

Public Works was showcased by the following events this year:
  • Stormwater System Maintenance – The Highway Division conducted a session including a catch basin and drain line cleaning demonstration.
  • Stormwater and Water Quality Overview – The Engineering Division explained the importance of stormwater management while including some fun activities for the students.
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal – The Administrative Division led by Rod Robison, Environmental Svs. Program Administrator,  entertained the students with an educational skit which pointed out how environmentally friendly products can replace hazardous ones.  This session ended with two teams responding to a quiz.
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Videos - Students created short public service announcements demonstrating how to prevent stormwater pollution.  The videos were judged by Director of Public Works, Richard Reine PWLF; Town Manager, Chris Whelan; Public Works Commissioner , Arthur Fulman; Selectmen, Carmin Reiss and the Executive Director of OARS, Alison Field-Juma.
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant – A tour of the plant was conducted by the Water & Sewer Division, led by Hardik Ravel, Public Works Engineer-Water Systems.  Melissa Simoncini, Sr. Environmental & Regulatory Coordinator  and Alex Rooney, Environmental & Regulatory Coordinator led a lively water conservation exercise.
  • Best Management Practice for Turf Grass - Peter Flynn, MCLP, MCA, Ground Operations Supervisor & Tree Warden along with his staff, conducted a session at Emerson Field, where the students learned about irrigation systems and performed hands on Ph testing of the soil.

8th Grade Students From the Middle School

Jake Zwicker, Ian McKenzie & Chris Olbrot - Engineering Demonstration
Pete Flynn explains Ph Testing @ Emerson Field
Rod Robison, Nancey Carroll and Paul Reinhardt - Hazardous Waste Skit
Hardik Ravel conducts tour at Wastewater Treatment Plant
Melissa Simoncini conducts Water Conservation Exercise
Rich Reine, Susan Clark and Bob Martin
Tim Porter, Tish Hopkins & Rich Hathaway
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Video Judges, Seated Left to Right, Selectmen Carmin Reiss, Public Works Director, Richard Reine PWLF and OARS Executive Director Alison Field-Juma.  Standing Left to Right, Public Works Commissioner, Arthur Fulman and Town Manager, Chris Whelan

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