Public Works

About the Department

Our work affects the lives of residents, businesses and visitors daily. We design, build, operate and maintain the City's municipal infrastructure: streets and sidewalks; storm water and sanitary sewer systems; water treatment and distribution; parks and trails.

Streets Division

The Streets Division handles plowing and salting of City streets, normally clearing all streets curb-to-curb within 10 to 12 hours of a snowfall. Throughout spring, summer and fall months, streets are swept to keep debris out of storm sewers, lakes, and ponds. Segments of City streets are reconditioned by fog seal and asphalt rejuvenator application, and pothole maintenance is ongoing. Sidewalks, curbs, and gutters are also replaced when necessary during these periodic overhauls.

Parks Division

The City’s Parks Division is responsible for planning new park designs, and managing the reconstruction and ongoing maintenance of parkland, playground equipment, courts, skating rinks, athletic fields, buildings and trails. The division also handles all winter snow removal in City park parking lots and trails.

Utilities Division

The Utilities Division constantly monitors the City’s water supply to ensure its purity and abundance. This division also provides maintenance on the sanitary sewer system, including wells and lift stations at approximately 60 locations. Our personnel are licensed by the State of Minnesota to operate these systems.

Forestry Division

The Forestry Division oversees the implementation of the shade tree disease control program, landscaping, and reforestation of public lands. The division is also in charge of maintaining publicly-owned trees and shrubs, boulevards, and streetscaping as well as maintenance of public forested trail systems and provides assistance to residents on forestry related issues.

Fleet Maintenance Division

The Fleet Maintenance Division maintains our fleet of all City-owned vehicles and equipment - for Fire, Police, Public Works, and more - which is replaced based on an approved equipment replacement schedule.

Facilities Maintenance Division

The Facilities Division is responsible for the daily operations, preventive maintenance, security, remodeling and long-term maintenance programs of the 16 major facilities owned by the City and spaces leased by the City. Total square footage of these facilities is about 1 million square feet, and include the City Center, Civic Center, Police Department, CTN Studio, East and West Water Treatment Plants, Public Works, Recycling Center, three Fire Stations, Bunker Hills Golf Course, Coon Rapids Ice Center and four Parks buildings.