John V. Scenna
Director, Public Works
MISSION STATEMENT PUBLIC WORKS
To maintain the City’s infrastructure, provide safe and efficient movement of vehicles and pedestrians; provide for dependable solid waste pickup and promote recycling, provide safe water distribution and sewer collection; and to expand and improve the city’s infrastructure systems to meet the future needs of the citizenry.
To accomplish these functions, the Department is organized into eleven divisions:
Administration and Operations - Tremont Street Operations Center
Public Works Department Administration and Engineering Divisions are responsible for the overall management of Public Works; staff training; purchasing, procurement and contract administration; street lighting; utility company oversight; traffic signal oversight; Traffic Commission; operations and capital project budgeting; development and oversight of master plans; engineering design, specifications and plan preparation; provides engineering review of development proposals, subdivisions and other construction projects and provides support to Planning Board and Zoning Board; responsible for construction administration, management and inspection for city projects; right-of-way maintenance, GIS systems; and permitting; provides management and maintenance for City Hall.
Highway Division is responsible for street sweeping, pothole repairs, curb, sidewalk and roadway repairs, catch basin cleaning, NPDES oversight; street lighting; traffic signals; traffic signs; roadway detours for construction work and other functions; street line and crosswalk line painting; Election Limit painting; Train Station maintenance and maintenance of all municipal parking lots; special City events such as Victorian Fair, Christmas celebration and Veterans Day celebrations; City wide American flags; and winter sanding and snow removal.
Highway Division goals for FY 2008 include continuation of the city-wide street sweeping program, traffic line and crosswalk painting program, expanded sidewalk repair program and continuation of the Chapter 90 road program. Also included are the $2.7 million Ell Pond Drainage Upgrade project and the $1.4 million Converse Lane program. We will also be implementing the Mayor’s $6,000,000 drainage upgrade program to address the Ward 2 flooding issue as well as flooding issues in other areas.
Sanitation Division is responsible for the daily pickup of Solid Waste; oversight of the curbside recycling program; spring, summer and fall curbside Yard Waste pickup; downtown barrel and clean-up programs; City Yard drop off programs including TVs, computers, tires, mercury items, textiles, yard waste, propane tanks, glass bottles and jars, No. 1-7 plastic bottles and jars, tin, steel, aluminum, food and beverage cans, cardboard, and paper; management of the City’s compost site; curbside white goods pickup; Christmas tree collection, disposal and wood chip program; and implementation of Hazardous Waste Day and other special drop off events.
Park and Forestry Department
Joan Bell, Superintendent of Mount Hood and Public Open Space
Tree planting programs; tree maintenance programs; tree trims and takedowns; stump grinding; tree removals; Tree Warden and Arborist services; Public/private tree planting program; and Arbor Day and Tree City USA events. Please click here for more information.
Vehicle Maintenance and Fleet Division
The Fleet Division is responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of all 68 Public Works vehicles and equipment, fire cars and pickups and all Cemetery and Park Division vehicles and equipment; maintain fleet inventory; provide periodic maintenance; perform minor repairs and major repairs and overhauls as required; maintains the entire winter fleet operation; small equipment repairs such as chain saws, lawn equipment, snow blowers, compressors; recommends scheduled replacements and vehicle/equipment replacement. This division is also responsible for over seeing and maintaining all operations buildings and grounds of the department.Fleet Division goals for FY 2008 include finalizing negotiations with the Police to take over their vehicle maintenance and repair; and, continuing to implement our computer vehicle analysis programs.
Water and Sewer Division
Operates and maintains two water pump station, four sewer pump stations, maintains 80 miles of water, 78 miles of sewer, 850 hydrants, and 1,340 water gates; maintain and read 8,500 water meters quarterly; prepare quarterly billing for about 700,000,000 gallons of water; prepare quarterly billing for sewer fee and trash fee; implements DEP lead testing and reporting; manages Senior Citizen water and trash Discount Programs; engineering, design and construction oversight of all water and sewer captial programs; continuation of our water improvement aimed at water system upgrades, replacement of substandard water services, fire hydrants and gate valves.
The Cross Connection Control Law helps insure that your public water supply is safe from contamination from pollutants. Among other requirements, this law recommends the use of a backflow preventer on your exterior garden hose to prevent the introduction of contaminants into your drinking water. Read more about this important protection for your drinking water safety here.