Public Works Department Mission Statement
Public Works Department Director
Consistent with the Imagine Corvallis 2040 and City Council goals, our mission is to support and enhance the quality of life for residents by delivering responsive and efficient services to all neighborhoods and maintaining reliable and cost-effective public works facilities and systems in a manner that emphasizes customer satisfaction, public service, and good stewardship of natural, fiscal, and staff resources.
Mary Steckel, Public Works Director, can be reached at 541-766-6916.
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Services are offered out of three divisions in the Public Works Department:
Utilities – The Utilities Division is all about water–drinking water, wastewater, and storm water. The City has two water treatment plants and one wastewater treatment plant. Along with ensuring high quality water that meets all state and federal requirements on both ends, services are provided to maintain the treatment plant equipment, to automate control of plant processes, and to operate the remote reservoir and pump station facilities. The water quality lab conducts over 10,000 tests a year on the water at every stage in the process. Miles of piping to distribute the drinking water to homes, businesses, and schools and to collect the wastewater are maintained by Division staff. Public education programs encourage water conservation activities in the home and around the yard, and pollution prevention to the urban streams that snake through the City. Long-term planning for sufficient infrastructure to meet a growing community's needs and financial planning to ensure sufficient revenues to construct needed projects are an important component of each of the utility systems.
Engineering and Transportation – The Engineering Work Groups are responsible for designing and managing the construction projects that build the street and utility infrastructure systems. Division staff develop master plans for these systems that determine what types and how much infrastructure will be required to meet projected community needs twenty years in the future. New infrastructure is also added to the systems through the work of private contractors when building new subdivisions or commercial development. Staff reviews and approves these private development plans, and inspects the construction once completed to ensure it was built to city standards and specifications.
The Transportation Work Groups cover a wide variety of service areas and a multitude of transportation modes. Street repair, street sweeping, street sign maintenance, traffic signal maintenance, and street lighting are the most common examples. Parking services are also managed by Division staff, including public parking lots, residential parking districts, parking meters, and design and management of the parking system. Program development for various modes of transportation–transit, airport, bicycle and pedestrian–as well as operation and maintenance of those systems are the responsibility of this Division. Three citizen advisory commissions are used to assist staff in developing service levels to meet the community needs.
Internal Services – The Internal Services Division is responsible for the general management oversight of department operations. Development of business plans and seven-year financial plans ensures the focus is on the future and on what changes might be required to meet evolving state and federal regulations, to maintain efficient delivery of Department services and to ensure long-term financial stability for the various systems operated by the Department. Division staff provide administrative support services to the other Public Works activity areas, which include customer service/reception, accounts receivable and payable, public information materials, and web page maintenance. In addition, Division staff provide system operation and/or maintenance services to the City organization in the areas of building maintenance, fleet maintenance, and sustainability. Citizen concerns about the operation of private utility companies in the public right-of-way–gas, electric, solid waste, cable–are addressed by Division staff.