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City Sampler showcases Maintenance Facility, equipment

Post Date:04/06/2018 2:36 pm

Plymouth City Sampler eventThe Plymouth City Sampler is set for 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28 – in a new location. Traditionally held at City Hall, this year’s annual City Sampler takes the show on the road to the state-of-the-art Maintenance Facility, 14900 23rd Ave. N.

The venue change showcases recent upgrades to the facility and gives residents an inside look at the city’s range of maintenance vehicles and equipment.

This year’s event includes a Touch-a-Truck feature, as well as 3-5 minute motorized tours of the equipment bays and walking tours of the water treatment plant.

Get to Know Your City
City Sampler offers crowd favorites and staples of the event – featuring the mayor, Plymouth City Council members and city staff who are available to answer questions about street maintenance, public safety, water quality, recreation activities and anything else residents are curious about.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Attendees can enter a drawing to win prizes, collect giveaway items and get advice about the best trees and shrubs to plant in their yard. Prizes in this year’s drawing include:

  • Punch card for Fieldhouse open play (adults, children or teen)
  • Tour of the Plymouth Police Department and a chance to meet a police K9
  • Birthday party package at the Plymouth Ice Center that includes free open skating for 10 children, 10 skate rentals and one hour use of the Blue Line Meeting Room

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet city staff members from Police, Fire, Public Works and Engineering, Forestry, Economic Development, Administrative Services, Community Development, and Parks and Recreation.

Both new and long-time residents are encouraged to stop by anytime during the morning.

Touch-a-truck at the Plymouth City SamplerTouch-a-Truck, Tours
To help showcase the Plymouth Maintenance Facility and city equipment, this year’s event includes a Touch-a-Truck feature and tours. A variety of trucks and equipment – backhoe, bulldozer, skid steer, wacker dump cart, tractor and compact front-end loader – will be available for children and adults to explore.

City staff will offer five-minute motorized tours of the equipment bay, salt shed and storage areas.

Tours of the city’s Central Water Treatment Plant will also be available at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tours will take about 25 minutes and space is limited to 15 participants per tour. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Maintenance Facility Upgrades
The Plymouth Maintenance Facility underwent a major transformation through the first part of 2017. Now complete, the building is better suited to serving the needs of a growing community. 

The facility houses all equipment, vehicles and staff needed to maintain roads, parks, trails, and the water, storm water and sanitary sewer system, as well as the city fleet. The facility was last expanded in 1990, when Plymouth had considerably less infrastructure to maintain.

The $10 million expansion makes operations more efficient and provides better protection for the millions of dollars in equipment and vehicles maintained and stored there. The project also includes updated office space, redesigned reception area and new meeting space.

Plymouth was able to use reserves to fund the project without incurring debt or increasing property taxes.

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