Public Works Department Overview
The Department of Public Works (DPW) has broad responsibilities in the City including:
- Maintenance and repair of City owned streets and sidewalks
- Maintenance and repair of streetlights and traffic signals
- Maintenance and repair of public buildings, including public schools
- Maintenance of city parks, playgrounds, and public shade trees
- Operation and maintenance of city owned cemeteries
- Assuring proper collection and disposal of residential solid waste and recycling
- Delivering safe, potable drinking water
- Collection, treatment and disposal of sewerage and storm water
The department is comprised of seven (7) divisions. In addition to the five (5) internal DPW divisions, the Water and Wastewater departments report to the DPW commissioner, even though the accounting is done through a separate enterprise system. Each division is staffed by administrators, equipment operators, laborers and specialists such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters. Many of the divisions, such as the utilities, work around the clock. Even those that do not are on call in case of emergency.
Administration and Finance Division
The division manages customer service, capital project cash flows, personnel, payroll, accounts payable and receivables, trash accounts, snow and ice contracts, city property damage claims, insurance on city owned buildings, dumpster, street opening and trench permits, e-Gov requests and various other administrative & financial activities related to the department including tracking Chapter 90 Highway Funds, preparing responses to City Council/City Manager requests and reports for other city departments and outside entities.
This division is responsible for civil engineering and design support, including construction management and administration services for all paving projects. The division is comprised of engineers working on projects for streets and sidewalks, pavement management, private street conversion, bridge maintenance, repair and construction, flood control, permitting, and other public works issues.
Land and Buildings Division
This division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of over 2.7 million square feet city owned buildings, including public schools. In addition to work completed by in house employees, this division is also responsible for oversight of contractors performing construction and/or repairs to city buildings. Custodial responsibilities include City Hall, the JFK Civic Center and the Pollard Memorial Library.
This division is responsible for street and sidewalk maintenance, pothole repair, central garage activities, miscellaneous litter pick-up, winter snow plowing and salting operations, miscellaneous street sweeping, maintenance of city owned shade trees and oversight of the solid waste and recycling program/contract.
Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Division
Parks is responsible for maintenance and management of over 500 acres of the City’s 92 parks and playgrounds, 59 road islands and squares as well as many miles of grass median strips and the litter control in the downtown area. This division is also responsible for boarding up buildings for security purposes and managing the City’s tree planting program. Cemeteries provides for public and private interments, lot sales, marker and monument installation and proper maintenance of 6 City owned cemeteries encompassing over 110 acres. The programming and permitting of all parks and playground facilities is performed by this division. This includes permitting for baseball, softball, soccer, rugby, tennis, basketball, street and field hockey, and other events. Staff and technical support is also given to the Cemetery Commission and the Parks Commission. Recreation, though grouped in the Human Services section of the budget, reports through the Parks Division of the DPW.