ANNA — In celebration of the work accomplished by members of the Public Works Department, the Anna City Council officially proclaimed May 20 to 26 as Public Works Week, highlighting the department’s unmistakable impact on the city.

The annual recognition, this year under the theme of “The Power of Public Works,” brings attention to the 26 members of the department and recognizes their indispensable work in the areas of construction inspection, streets, water and wastewater management.

“Along with the personnel involved in the administration of these services, the department is committed to ensuring top-notch customer service,” says Public Works Director Joseph Johnson. “Each member of the staff pledges to deliver the level of service that residents expect in each of the areas under our responsibility.”

Part of the weeklong celebration is a Touch the Truck event on Friday, May 25 at Slayter Creek Park Pavilion, 425 W. Rosamond Parkway, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hamburgers, compliments of In-N-Out, will be provided, while supplies last. The free event will feature a display of vehicles and equipment that staff utilizes on a daily basis to complete their tasks. Operators and drivers will be on hand to explain the equipment’s capabilities and answer questions, as well as to ensure the safety of participants. Photos of participants with the machinery are encouraged.

The Public Works Staff has had an eventful 12 months, as the city’s transportation initiative accelerated the start of several state-level projects. One of these is the overpass at US 75 and Rosamond Parkway, which was not expected to begin for several years. The $22 million project is currently under construction several years ahead of schedule. The state-level projects added as a result of the initiative total more than $70 million.

At the same time, staff continues to work with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, seeking grant funding for several critical local projects, including the Rosamond Parkway extension and Ferguson Parkway.

The water tower near Walmart, known as the Hackberry Elevated Storage Tank, was completed within budget and became operational in 2017. It holds one million gallons of water and provides additional capacity for firefighting and meeting system demand.

Long-range planning allowed the city to remove two sewer lift stations from service. An innovative partnership with developers adjacent to the lift stations allowed the city to transfer the wastewater flow to a gravity system, saving the city future maintenance costs.

Public Works has partnered with Collin County for the improvement of CR 370. As a result, the road is expected to be upgraded to asphalt in the summer of 2018, providing an east-west corridor from West Crossing Blvd. to US 75.

“The quality of the work accomplished by this team is the best I have seen in my 23 years in the Public Works field,” added Johnson. “From long-range planning, to maintenance and repair in the middle of the night, this group of talented individuals works hard to get it right. I am very proud of their dedication to their work and, ultimately, to the citizens of Anna.”