It is unfortunate that these unsung heroes of public works do not get the recognition they deserve.
The typical taxpayer’s perception of public works employees is that they don’t do much of anything.
But this is because so much goes right most of the time.
It is a fact that public works touch our lives every day. But the service goes unnoticed because our expectations are set so high.
Police and fire provide services that we may need only a few times in our lifetimes. But public works touch our lives on a daily basis.
The services they provide, ensure continual public health and safety.
It is a thankless career and is not for the faint of heart. How many people do you know would climb down into a sewer or go into an abandoned building to exterminate rodents? Not to mention being on call 24 hours during those cold, snowy winter nights to plow?
They sacrifice holidays with family, to make the roads safer for the betterment of all to drive.
So, next time you see a public works employee, reach out and shake their hand. Say “thanks” for his hard work and dedication they give to your community.