Public Works Department
David H. Willett, MBA, PE
Director of Public Works
Kent Kisselman, PE
Utility Planning and Engineering Division
Maintenance & Operations Division
Public Works Department
The Public Works Department provides municipal services through three Divisions: Engineering, Maintenance and Operations, and Utilities. Overall, the Department is responsible for water resources management, capital improvements, maintenance and repair of the city’s transportation and utility infrastructure, public buildings, and city-owned fleet and machinery. The Department also manages and operates a water treatment plant and a wastewater treatment plant, and the city’s trash collection and recycling activities. The Department operating budget is included in the General Fund, Water/Wastewater Enterprise Fund, Sanitation Enterprise Fund, and Stormwater Enterprise Fund.
The Engineering Division is responsible for a majority of capital improvement program and special projects, annual contracting, right-of-way permitting, water management and planning, and the city’s stormwater program. Key services are accomplished through four sections – Engineering, Water Resources, and Stormwater Management.
• Water Resources is responsible for the city's water rights accounting and acquisition. The city's water conservation programs are also coordinated in this section.
• Stormwater Management is responsible for administering the city’s stormwater permit and implementing associated programs to reduce the discharge of pollutants into the stormwater collection system.
Maintenance and Operations Division
The Maintenance and Operations Division is responsible for the inspection, and maintenance of the city’s infrastructure. The city has 105 miles of roadway network, 127 miles of water line, 100 miles of sanitary sewer, and 25 miles of storm line. The division is also responsible for managing the city’s fleet maintenance facility, and providing trash and recycling services to all residential customers. Key services are accomplished through six sections – Administration, Facilities, Fleet, Streets, Distribution/Collection, and Sanitation;
• Facilities Maintenance is responsible for the repair and maintenance of city buildings.
• Fleet Services is responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of city vehicles and equipment.
• Street Service includes snow removal, street sweeping, asphalt patching and crack sealing, and curb and gutter maintenance. Street service is responsible for the installation and repair of stormwater piping and catch basins.
• Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the city’s water and sewer infrastructure, including appurtenances such as valves, services connections, water meters, and fire hydrants.
• Sanitation is responsible for weekly trash and recycling collection from residences (excluding apartment complexes and some townhomes). In addition, Sanitation provides special pick-ups, green waste services, and operates the recycling drop-off locations.
The Utility Division is responsible for providing a clean, safe and dependable supply of drinking water to the city. In addition, the division is responsible for the treatment of wastewater that meets environmental and regulatory standards. The city owns and manages a water treatment plant and a wastewater treatment plant, four elevated water storage tanks, ten lift stations and one booster station. Key services are accomplished through five sections – Water Operations, Laboratory Operations, Electrical/Mechanical, Wastewater Operations, and Industrial Pretreatment:
• Water Operations is responsible for the treatment of the city’s drinking water under the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the operation of the city’s distribution system. Water Operations also acts as the city’s 24-hour emergency call center.
• Laboratory Operations is responsible for the chemical and microbiological analysis of the city’s raw water, drinking water, and wastewater. Additionally, this section monitors federal and state regulatory activities that may impact both the drinking water and wastewater operations. The city’s Laboratory is certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for drinking water analysis.
• Electrical and Mechanical Services provides maintenance and upkeep support for the Water Treatment Facility, Wastewater Treatment Plant, booster station, and wastewater lift stations.
• Wastewater Operations is responsible for the treatment of the city's wastewater under the requirements of the Clean Water Act.
• Industrial Pretreatment is responsible for ensuring that the city's collection system and wastewater treatment plant are protected from industrial activities. In addition, the section oversees the cross-connection control program.