Archive for May, 2012

Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Torch that symbolizes the beginning of the Special Olympics Games in Richmond, Virginia, will be lit in Arlington and carried by police officers down U.S. Route 1 to Richmond on Thursday, June 7, 2012.  In Prince William County, the torch will start at the Prince William-Fairfax line at Route 1 and end at the entrance to the U.S. Marine Corps Base on Fuller Road.

The Torch should reach the Prince William County line around 2:00 p.m.  As it nears the Gar-Field Station – at the intersection of Cardinal Drive and U.S. Route 1 – the torch is handed from a police officer to a Special Olympian.

The Special Olympics games officially open on Friday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m. at various locations throughout Richmond, Va. The Special Olympics is supported by law enforcement officers throughout the United States and in 45 countries.

Public Works Department Receives National Accreditation

The Prince William County Department of Public Works was recognized during today’s Board of County Supervisor’s meeting for their recent accreditation from the American Public Works Association. Prince William County Public Works is one of only 78 jurisdictions in North America, and the first County in Virginia, to receive the distinction. The accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that exceed normal industry management practices and standards.
 
Public Works staff has been working on achieving the prestigious award for the past five years. Some of the important elements of the required criteria include:
  • Ensuring practical and effective techniques are used in all operations.
  • Ensuring the safety of all employees.
  • Providing needed training and support for employees.
  • Accountability in all practices and operations.
  • Offering guidance and standard operation practices to ensure safety, consistency and understanding of how tasks are accomplished.
  • Helping employees provide services and products needed by the community.
The accreditation process included a site visit in February with a team of public works professionals from Georgia, Illinois and Missouri. A thorough assessment of the operations of Neighborhood Services, Environmental Services, Solid Waste Management, Facilities Construction Management, Building and Grounds, Property Management, Historic Preservation and Fleet Management was conducted by the visiting team.
 
For more information, contact Deb Oliver at 703-792-6819. ​