They let residents suck up a teddy bear with a Vactor truck, gave kids rides in a bucket-truck and offered bird houses made in the City’s carpentry shop. It was all enough to net the City of Kamloops an award Tuesday night.
City streets and capital projects manager Kristen Meersman said Kamloops won the B.C. Public Works Association’s award for the best public works week in the province, and it was runner up for the national Canadian Public Works Association’s similar award.
The Kamloops event included bucket truck rides, moving a teddy bear around with the Vactor truck (which is like a huge shop vac that cleans out catch basins and storm/sewer systems), bird-house painting and the Kamloops Fire Rescue bouncy castle.
“This award was created a number of years ago. This was the first time we’ve applied, to recognize reaching out to community and raising awareness about what public works does,” said Meersman from Nanaimo, where the association’s conference and awards were held.
“Ultimately it was our large open house with staff and equipment that sealed the deal. It’s always the trucks, everybody likes the equipment.”
The City holds the open house every second year. Meersman said now that the City has an award, there’s a motivator to make the next public works week even bigger, with more events, to capture the national award.