Early public works development began during the Great Depression years and War years when such civic works were restricted, or done cheaply, due to inadequate funding. Up until the late 1970s, the city had old cast iron water lines, old concrete sewer lines, and gravel streets.
In 1978, we started to replace all the water and sewer lines. By 1981, those old lines had been replaced with modern plastic lines. Then, in 1982 and 1983, we paved most of the city's streets.
Our department is staffed with eight full-time workers (including a mechanic), and two part-time workers. We maintain 50 kilometres each of water lines, sewer lines and streets. Equipment consists of a two graders, two tandem trucks, 2 wheel loaders, one backhoe, hydrovac unit and various small items such as a sewer flusher, line painter, tree chipper, remote sewer line camera and pumps.