The mission of the Public Works Department is to provide for the effective and efficient design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the city's infrastructure. In pursuit of this mission, the Public Works Department is organized into several divisions. These divisions work together to coordinate services and to achieve the following objectives:
To clean, repair, clear snow and ice from, and maintain the municipal street, alley, and sidewalk systems
To provide convenient, well-maintained parking facilities in the downtown area
To provide quality maintenance and repair to prolong the life of city equipment
To provide quality municipal refuse and recycling collection services
To provide and properly manage a yard waste compost site
The Public Works Department is supported by revenue from property taxes, engineering, and administrative fees, reimbursement for administration of enterprise funds, and state and county reimbursements for roadway maintenance. Municipal state aid funds are used to finance capital outlay purchases for the Public Works Department.
The Sanitation Division is supported by revenue from refuse and yard waste bag sales, a recycling pass-by fee, and other refuse / recycling system user fees. Property taxes are not used to support this division.
The downtown parking system is supported by revenue from parking meters, parking permits, and other parking system user fees. Property taxes are not used to support this division.