Last Saturday, Windham Public Works held its first open house at the public works facility on Windham Center Road to help celebrate National Public Works Week. Windham was one of five area towns who held open houses, including Standish, Yarmouth, Freeport and Auburn.
“We want to promote public works,” said director Doug Fortier. “Usually we just go out and do our jobs.”
There were many large pieces of equipment including the new street sweeper, earthmovers, a snow plow truck and a bus, all open for inspection by the smallest visitors and their parents. There were also static displays about the history of Windham Public Works and many of the things they do for Windham.
Fortier tried to greet everyone who stopped by to welcome them and offer them free Lonnie hotdogs, chips and drinks, all courtesy of WPW.
“The taxpayers own all of this,” he said, and encouraged visitors to explore and see everything.
There was also the opportunity for the approximately 40 people to ask questions directly to Fortier and his crew. He received questions about issues like storm water and paving. He was excited to educate people and let them see what they have for equipment.
He hopes to do this type of event again.