The Del City Public Works Department showed off its new home Tuesday morning during a dedication ceremony and open house.
Mayor Brian Linley said the new 5,000-square foot facility provides the Public Works Department with a modern space that will be operational during several weather and times of emergency.
The $1.97 million project included construction of the new Public Works building and renovation of the fleet maintenance facility. The projects were funded through a special sales tax approved by voters in 2014.
The new building features; office space, a storm shelter that doubles as a lunch room and meeting room, energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling, showers, storage space, security monitoring system and backup power. Thirty seven people work in the new building. Those employees work in Public Works Administration, Water Line Maintenance, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System program, Sanitation, Sewer Line Maintenance and Streets and Parks departments.
The fleet maintenance building included; new heating and ventilation system, renovated office and lunch room spaces, a new oil and water separator to allow for proper housekeeping, new lighting and renovation of the bathrooms with new shower facilities.
During the ceremony Tuesday, city leaders dedicated the new Public Works facility in memory of Army Cpl. Jimmy Doyle Sanders, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War. Sanders was a Del City resident and attended Del City High School before graduating from Midwest City High School in 1968. He was just 19 years old when he was killed during a mortar attack on his camp in Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam on Jan. 3, 1970.
City employees, local dignitaries and representatives from the engineering and design firms attended the event. Bill Graham, Public Works Director, thanked the Sanders family, city leaders and Public Works employees.
City Manager Mark Edwards said construction of the building is another great step forward for Del City. And a major upgrade for Public Works employees.
“Public Works is a vital portion of the total movement of the city,” he said. “…They are the forgotten and unsung heroes of any city and they deserve the building.”
For several years, the Public Works Department had been located in a 1,000-square-foot building near the fleet maintenance facility. The building was later condemned due to structural issues. In 1999, the department relocated to a building that was previously used as a trash incinerator.
In 2012, voters approved a special sales tax to upgrade city facilities. The list of projects included construction of a new Public Works Department building. Other projects completed with help of the sales tax included; a new police station, city hall, community center, welcome center with the Chamber of Commerce.
City leaders approved a construction contract with CMS Willowbrook, Inc. in June 2015. They broke ground on the building a month later and completed the project this spring. The project came in about $108,000 below budget.
The city plans to break ground on a new fire station this fall.
The Del City Public Works Department is located on NE 4th St. east of Sunnylane Rd.