The Engineering Division is the branch of Public Works that oversees construction activities within the city Right-of-Way (ROW). This construction can be both city initiated, such as a major street and sewer reconstruction project; or privately initiated, such as a plumbing repair to a water or sewer service for a residence. The Engineering Division also coordinates with franchise utility companies, such as gas, electric, phone and cable TV, when they need to perform work in the ROW.
The Engineering staff consists of the City Engineer, three project Civil Engineers, and three Engineering Technicians. The division is located on the second floor of City Hall and is divided into two main sections of responsibility.
- The Right-of-Way / Permits section is responsible for the issuance of permits and inspection of private sector construction work in the ROW. Typical permits issued by this section include driveways and sidewalks, excavations in the ROW, and grading. The Right of Way / Permits office also coordinates with the Building Division on building permits and investigates complaints and problems in the ROW.
- 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 manages the design and new construction or repairs of roadways, bridges, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and the Water Pollution Control Plant. Other responsibilities of the Projects section include stormwater management, review of commercial and residential development projects, grading plan reviews, coordination with the Community Development Department, and maintaining "as-built" construction drawings for public infrastructure. They also are the liaison with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning operation, maintenance, and repair of the Federal levee system which provides flood protection to a large area of the city.