National Public Works Week is happening right now (May 21 – 27) and is the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for our outstanding Goleta Public Works team. We are so grateful for the essential work this dedicated group does year-round to keep our city running. You can show your support for the important work they do by coming in person to our fun and informative Public Works Appreciation Event this Wednesday, May 24, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Camino Real Marketplace. You can also send a thank you message to Public Works staff via email to PIO@cityofgoleta.org and we will pass it along, or add a comment to this post on our Facebook page (@CityofGoleta).
The Goleta Public Works Department is made up of 28 hard-working and dedicated staff members. Public Works is responsible for many aspects of our daily life, including the City’s infrastructure, parks and open spaces, street maintenance, storm water management, solid waste and environmental services, and engineering. Learn more about each division here.
Mayor Paula Perotte said, “I have a great deal of admiration for our Public Works Team. They are not only dedicated professionals whose services we could not live without, but they also truly care about their community. A special shout out for their tireless efforts to keep Goleta safe before, during, and after the storms we had earlier this year.”
Charlie Ebeling, Director of Goleta Public Works, said, “I feel very lucky to work with such a great group of people. Public Works staff work quietly behind the scenes to deliver projects and services and are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies. I am proud of my staff for their responsiveness to community needs and requests and for persevering through many challenges.”
The Goleta Public Works Department has had many achievements over the past year, including:
- Construction of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Crosswalk on Calle Real near Encina Lane.
- Installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at three school zone locations.
- Vegetation removal at various locations.
- Resurfaced or paved nearly four center lane miles of pavement.
- New City-wide Edible Food Recovery program and new Commercial Food Scraps Recycling program as part of SB 1383.
- Beautify Goleta community clean-up events.
Upcoming Public Works projects include:
- Implementation of the Ellwood Monarch Butterfly Management Plan.
- Hollister Avenue Interim Striping Project will improve pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle safety in the corridor, and increase parking.
- Hollister Avenue Bridge Project will replace the existing bridge and complete the channel widening south of the bridge thereby allowing greater flood water conveyance capacity.
- Hollister Class 1 Bike Path Lighting.
- Ekwill and Fowler Road Extensions Project will construct major improvements which will greatly enhance circulation in Old Town for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
- Construction to begin on San Jose Creek Bike Path – Middle Extent.
- Crosswalk construction at Calle Real/Fairview Center.
We hope to see you on Wednesday at the Camino Real Marketplace for the Public Works Appreciation event. We are hoping for a great turnout and appreciate in advance your support.