Public Works Day features competition of utility professionals

— The City of Clearwater invites residents to attend Public Works Day on Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Public Works Complex, 1650 N. Arcturas Ave.

This free, family-friendly event will feature the 2nd annual North Pinellas Top Ops Competition, in which utility and field crews will compete for top honors among local industry professionals.

The North Pinellas Top Ops Competition will include teams and individual competitors from the cities of Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, and Tarpon Springs, and the town of Belleair and Pinellas County.

Formal competitions begin at 8 a.m. and go to 1 p.m.

In addition, Tracy Mercer, Public Utilities Director, will be presented with a national award in honor of being named one of American Public Works Association’s Top Ten Leaders of the Year for 2014. Her award will be presented during the Top Ops Award Ceremony scheduled to begin around 1 p.m. followed by a cake reception.

The event also includes free tours of the city’s groundwater replenishment pilot plant, demonstrations, and vehicle and equipment displays to show the importance of public works in community life. Tours will be available at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For information, call (727) 562-4960.

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