Hilliard's Public Service crew

City recognizes employees for National Public Works Week

Posted May 20, 2019 in Uncategorized by Anna Subler

Editor’s note: This is the first of three stories this week focusing on the City’s public works teams and the people on those crews who help make Hilliard a great community!

This week, the City of Hilliard is celebrating National Public Works Week. The City celebrates this week each year in May to increase the public’s awareness of what public works employees do and to recognize their dedication to improving the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Hilliard.

Throughout the week, the City will show special appreciation to those who design, manage, and maintain water, sewer, and stormwater systems as well as those responsible for maintaining streets, street lights, traffic signals, and public buildings. The City’s public works crews also offer support during natural and man-made disasters, often being the first to respond and the last to leave. 

Hilliard has three public works crews: Traffic and streets, underground utilities and right-away-services.

Mike Carroll leads the traffic and streets crew, which takes pride in maintaining all City signs you see on the street, including stop signs, street name signs, and roadway markings. You may also see this crew filling potholes and repairing City roads.

“We see and talk to a lot of residents when we’re in their neighborhood fixing signs and filling potholes,” said Carroll. “My crew is great about talking to them and answering their questions.”

The traffic and streets crew is also responsible for keeping track of where underground utilities are located for water, sewer, electric, and traffic signals. “We mark the locations for contractors before they start digging to avoid them from being hit.”

In addition to the crew’s primary responsibilities, there are also everyday tasks that all crews are expected to take care of, such as picking up trash and debris, maintaining signs in the right of way (areas between the road and sidewalk), snow and ice control, and leaf collection. “If we’re out marking utilities, we’re also looking for old garage sale signs that need to be removed,” he said.

“Serving the public is what we strive for. When they are happy, so are we,” said Carroll. “The best part of this job is that we can see the results of our hard work at the end of the day.”

If you see a Hilliard public work employee in your neighborhood – whether it be this week or next month – please say “hello” and thank them for the work they do to maintain the City.