The mission of the Department of Public Works (DPW) is to maintain and improve Town facilities and infrastructure through cost effective management and forward-thinking asset prioritization. In order to fulfill its mission the DPW strives to provide responsive and high quality public service through efficient departmental procedures, increased value to the customer, and positive inter-organizational communications.
Divisions of Public Works
|Administration is comprised of the Department Director, Facilities Project Manager, and Programs Coordinator. Division responsibilities include the overall operation of the DPW including policy and personnel decisions, purchasing, budgeting, research, supervision, record keeping, and customer service to residents. Moreover, the Facilities Project Manager is responsible for the preparation, implementation, and supervision of major School and Town capital projects.|
|Engineering is headed by the Town Engineer and staffed by two engineering inspectors. The Engineering Division is responsible for subdivision and land development review and inspection, highway and drainage improvement design, plat map updates, improving Town standards, computer aided design (CAD), bid specification preparation and project management and construction inspections, deed and title search, and customer service. This Office ensures compliance with environmental regulations. Furthermore, Engineering works closely with consulting engineers on road design, updates to the Highway Paving Program, storm water management, and sewer design, construction and permitting. Engineering also provides services for the review of design plans and projects for the Sewer, Water, and Planning departments, as well as working on Public Works projects. The Town Engineer is a member of the Technical Review Committee.|
|Facilities and Grounds is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of all Town buildings, grounds, athletic facilities, Town Beach, play grounds, and parks. Division personnel are responsible for custodial care of Town Hall, Town Hall Annex and the Senior Center. Town festivals and tournaments are periods that highlight the division's expertise and efficiency. In addition, the division supplements Winter snow plowing efforts.|
|Highways is responsible for maintaining and improving the Town's infrastructure (roads, dams, drainage, bridges), street sweeping, snow plowing, tree trimming and brush cutting, cleaning of catch basins, sign making, and other tasks that involve heavy and light equipment.|
|The Transfer Station (NKTS) is the heart and soul of the Town's Solid Waste program. Recycling: Single stream recyclables are to be segregated from solid waste stream and recycled curbside (if within the curbside program parameters) or at the Transfer Station. Current State law mandates municipalities to recycle 35% (single stream items) and divert 50% from the solid waste stream.|
Sanitary Sewers are the responsibility of the Sewer Maintenance division within Public Works. The division maintains and operates the Town's wastewater collection that flows into the Quonset Development Park's system. The Town's system consists of several pumping stations, forcemains, and gravity and low pressure sewers. By State law, the sewer system is a self-supporting financial entity. The division is proposed to have a sewer supervisor, assisted by a sewer clerk. Areas of responsibility include the installation, maintenance, repair, expansion and relocation of sanitary sewer collection facilities, including pumping stations, compliance with operational requirements and determination of manpowr, materials and equipment required for project, preparing cost and material estimates.