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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution

J.R.H.  32

Joint resolution honoring municipal public works employees and designating May 20–26 as public works week in Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives Koch of Barre Town, Adams of Hartland, Browning of Arlington, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Devereux of Mount Holly, Emmons of Springfield, Fallar of Tinmouth, Helm of Castleton, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Lenes of Shelburne, Lorber of Burlington, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Myers of Essex, Pellett of Chester, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Rodgers of Glover, Shaw of Derby, Turner of Milton and Valliere of Barre City

Whereas, much of the highway and bridge network in Vermont is municipally owned, and the responsibility for its maintenance is assigned to local public works departments, and

Whereas, the regular duties of city and town public works departments’ employees encompass general roadway and bridge maintenance on a year‑round basis, and

Whereas, when extremely inclement weather strikes, such as a severe snowstorm or a thunderstorm whose elements include high velocity winds, municipal public works department crews are called upon to perform near‑heroic tasks under the worst possible climatic conditions and not infrequently in the middle of the night, and

Whereas, these special but essential jobs can range from removing snow from the highway, while blowing drifts are inhibiting steady progress to supporting utility crews removing trees entangled in dangerously electrified cables, and

Whereas, on May 9, the Vermont Municipal Highway Association will hold its annual field day and expo at the Barre Auditorium, and

Whereas, local public works crews from many communities will attend this much‑anticipated event, and

Whereas, activities in Barre will include the snowplow rally that entails navigating a plow truck along a challenging obstacle course and the always‑exciting backhoe competition, and

Whereas, the Vermont Municipal Highway Association event also serves as a showcase for vendors to exhibit new products that public works staff can examine and consider purchasing, and

Whereas, May is also an important month for these dedicated municipal employees as the week of May 20–26 is being observed as public works week in order to recognize these all‑too‑often unsung heroes who maintain highways, bridges, and other essential municipal infrastructure 365 days a year, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly honors Vermont’s outstanding municipal public works employees and designates May 20–26 as public works week in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Todd Law, President of the Vermont Municipal Highway Association in Montpelier and to Barre Town Engineer Harry Hinrichsen.


____________________________                     Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


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Brian E. Dubie                                                Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                                  Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont