The Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) and Kentwood Public Works Department welcomed families to an open house on Wednesday, May 17th at the Kentwood Public Works building. Young visitors explored equipment and guests learned more about each machine’s operation and function. Live maintenance and repair demonstrations took place and residents learned about road improvements as well as the safe disposal of household waste.
"Community support is central to the work we do every day,” said Steve Warren, KCRC's managing director. “The opportunity to engage with residents, have them interact with our employees, and allow children to explore the equipment we use every day is a unique experience. We definitely look forward to these events as much as the families do.”
During the event, the winners of the first annual Work Zone Poster competition were announced. The contest asked local third grade students to design a Work Zone Safety sign to educate motorists about safe practices when driving through a work zone. A gallery of entries will showcase all of the students’ artwork.
“We’re excited to show our residents what the Department of Public Works is involved in,” said John Gorney, Kentwood Public Works director. “This open house is an opportunity to engage with the communities we serve and say thank you.”
Mark your calendar for next year's event! The 2018 APWA Family Event will be held on Wednesday, May 16.