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Posted on: March 22, 2017

City Receives Two Awards from the American Public Works Association


City Receives Two Awards from the American Public Works Association

On Friday, March 17, 2017, the City of Elmhurst received two awards from the Chicago Metro Chapter (Chapter) of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Engineering Department staff member Tony Cuzzone, Utilities Capital Project Administrator, received the Chapter’s 2017 Community Involvement Award and Walnut/Myrtle/Evergreen Stormwater Improvement Project won the Chapter’s 2017 Public Works Projects of the Year in the category Environmental Category – less than $5 million.

Long time City employee, Tony Cuzzone, was honored with the 2017 Community Involvement Award. This award is aimed at recognizing public works employees who are also leaders in their community. Mr. Cuzzone is currently the Utilities Capital Projects Administrator and throughout his almost 40-year career, he has lead by example with this many years of community service and volunteerism with organizations such as the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot, Annie Ryan Run, York Township and the American Water Works Association.

The Walnut/Myrtle/Evergreen Stormwater Improvement Project involved the construction of a series of storm sewers pipes (60”-72”) along various streets and a drainage outfall to the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Facility (Quarry). This project now provide overland flood relief for 76 homes in the Walnut/Myrtle/Evergreen flood problem area, which is located adjacent to the Quarry in the northwest corner of the City. The APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.

Both awards advanced from the Suburban Branch in January to the Chicago Metro Chapter and will now compete nationally with the APWA.

For more information about the APWA and their awards, visit

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