Public Works

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Tree Work Notice: Franklin Street (February 28, 2018)

The following street is closed today, (Wednesday, February 28, 2018), for tree removal work; Franklin Street, between South Ave. and Lincoln Ave. Work zones are in place and emergency vehicles will be accommodated.

Road Work Notice: Wilbur Boulevard (February 26, 2018)

The following street is closed today (Monday, February 26, 2018) for tree removal work: Wilbur Boulevard, between Hooker Avenue and Arnold Boulevard.

Water Main Repair – Beechwood Avenue

Update: Due to the weather, the road closure and water main repair work on Beechwood Avenue scheduled for Tuesday, January 23rd has been moved to Thursday, January 25th. The following street will be closed to through traffic, allowing limited, immediate local access only, Thursday, January 25, 2018, for water main repairs:
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The Public Works Department oversees multiple divisions including:

Parking Water Distribution
Recycling & Sanitation Transfer Station
Sewer Maintenance Urban Tree Division

Administration and Permits Division

The Administration Division provides a Work Center for basic customer complaint service and administers four (4) important permitting programs for Excavating in the Public Right-of-Way, Underground City Utilities Mark-outs, Temporary Dumpster Placements, and Temporary Sidewalk or Street Closures.

Work Center

The Work Center handles most incoming calls, logging almost 2,000 service requests from the public each year.  These requests for service are directed to any one of the Public Works Divisions or Subdivisions:  Water, Sewer, Storm, City Electric, Buildings and Grounds, Urban Trees, Street Maintenance, Sign Shop, Sanitation, and Enforcement. The Work Center also coordinates emergency requests for city underground utilities mark-outs during regular working hours.

Administration and Permits

Excavation Permit:
Provides permission to excavate in the public right-of way; commonly called a street opening. Doing work on city property requires proof of liability and workers compensation insurance.  The fee for a street opening depends on the age of the pavement and requires a security deposit. (Note: this also requires a permit from the Dept of Building, Planning & Zoning.)

Utility Mark-outs:
Notifications of upcoming excavations in the city are transmitted to the Department of Public Works via the Underground Facilities Protection Organization (UFPO).  The department requires the UFPO No. on the Excavation Permit Application.

Dumpster Permit:
Provides permission for a homeowner or resident to temporarily place a dumpster on a city street or sidewalk.  The application and permit fee is $50.

Sidewalk or Street Closure Permit:
Provides permission for a homeowner or resident to temporarily block a city street or sidewalk.  The application and permit fee is $100.