As taxpayers, we all hope our local government workers are busy all the time. A recent review of the monthly departmental activity reports in Zebulon would suggest that we are certainly getting our money's worth from the public works department.
Here's a short list of some of the projects they worked on from the middle of June to the middle of July when the report was generated. The town's public works department:
•Sought bids for an improvement project at Five County Stadium. They met with potential contractors on July 22.
•Oversaw the beginning of work on a new sidewalk on West Barbee and North Wakefield Streets.
•Reviewed appraisals and surveys for the current town hall and police station which the town hopes to sell when they move into their new digs at Wakelon School.
•Continued work on the new town hall. Some of the projects they undertook in that effort included coordinating the lowering a gas main to make room for a new storm drainage system, installing fire hydrants, building new sidewalks and constructing a parking lot.
•met with architects and engineers to go over final plans for the renovation of the N.C. National Guard Armory, which will now be called the Zebulon Community Center. Work on that project has since begun.
•reviewed plans for the construction of restrooms and picnic shelters at Wakelon Elementary School.
Now, when you read this report, its easy to get the idea that staff members of the Public Works Department were actually doing all this work. The truth is, contractors do some of the work. But no matter how you slice it and dice it, this 10-person department is in high gear.