By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
The modest city of Stanton is going to be a part of something big. From May 16 to May 22, Stanton is going to participate in National Public Works Week, a week of recognition for the men and women of America who help hold its cities together.
According to the official website for the week, www.apwa.net, “NPWW was Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 1960.”
The site also said that NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life and seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of society-the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication
As a prelude to the week, former Public Works Director Sean Crumby was honored for his work over the last two years in Stanton.
Carol Jacobs, city manager, presented Crumby with the award of recognition. Jacobs said that Crumby had come to the city and taken the directorial position in a department that was underachieving, and in two years time turned it around.
“Sean is really good at providing quality work,” said Jacobs.
The Public Works department is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of the city.
For example making sure that potholes are filled in, that streetlights operate correctly, having sewers running and that all forms of city maintenance are attended to fall under the jurisdiction of the Public Works department.
Stanton’s newly appointed director Nick Gulliams said in an interview that being public works is a way to really have an impact on the world around you and help people.
In relation to functions of public works, city council approved setting a public hearing date to discuss establishing a sewer user fee unit rate for sewer use from the 2010-2011 to the 2014 to 2015 fiscal year.
The public hearing is set for July 13.
The fees are to be used for the repair and improvement of the sewer collections in the city. Improvements where designated in three areas; structural deficiencies, current capacity deficiencies and potential current capacity deficiency in the case of and when the city meets its housing density set forth by the city’s general plan.