Plantation celebrates Public Works Employees Dedication and Skills

When you see the City of Plantation trucks out and about, chances are you are seeing the Public Works crews.  They landscape the medians, trim the trees, and make sure the city facilities and fleet are in shape. While you may not think of them as first responders, they not only help prepare the City for the storms, but are also among the first crews out after a major event.

So, it’s only fitting that, as Public Works Week was recognized across the nation, Plantation held a Public Works Week event to celebrate its employees.

Employees were treated to a barbecue lunch and participated in competitions geared toward showing off their job-related skills via games such as “bobcat basketball” to carburetor rebuild challenges — using skills they deploy daily to serve Plantation residents. 

Plantation Mayor Nick Sortal joined the festivities and raced Chief Administrative Officer Jason Nunemaker, on the lawnmower relay course.

 “I am impressed with the talent and camaraderie I saw here today and see out in the community every day,” Sortal said. “There is no better feeling than driving to City Hall and seeing our employees making this city look as good as it does. It’s important  that city administration and the public understand the effort they put in daily.”

The appreciation event was the first of its kind for Plantation and is in line with Mayor Sortal’s priority of increasing support and encouragement of employees. 

Public Works Director Matt Thompson and Assistant Director Brian Law organized the details, with help from Parks and Recreation and Human Resources departments.

The city hopes to make it an annual event, Sortal said.