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Engineering Division
Roles & Responsibilities
The Engineering Division is the branch of Public Works that oversees construction activities in the city right of way. This construction can be both city initiated, such as major street and sewer reconstruction projects; or privately initiated, such as gas or telephone company projects. The Engineering Division does not get involved in maintenance performed by the Public Works Operations Division.

The staff of eight is located on the second floor in the City Hall and consists of the city engineer, three project civil engineers, and four engineering technicians. The division is divided into two sections:
  • Projects
  • Right of Way / Permits

Right of Way / Permits
The latter section is responsible for the issuance of permits and inspection of private sector construction in the right of way. Typical permits issued by this section include driveway approach, driveway culvert, sanitary sewer connection, and excavation in the right of way. The Right of Way / Permits section also investigates problems in the right of way, is the city liaison with the Corps of Engineers concerning levee maintenance, and coordinates with the Building Division on building permits.

Projects Section
The Projects section has overall responsibility for the planning and implementation of the city's Capital Improvement Program for infrastructure. Working closely with the mayor, City Council, and the Finance Department, the city's infrastructure needs are prioritized and budgeted. Engineering staff then manages the engineering consultant contracts for design and also the construction contracts for each project. Other responsibilities of the projects section include commercial and residential development project review, grading plan review, coordination with the city Planning Department, and maintaining "as-built" construction drawings for public streets and sewers.

Contact Us

Matt Cox 
City Engineer 

209 Pearl St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Ph: (712) 328-4635
Fx: (712) 322-3418 


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