- Monitor special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds.
- Oversee design professionals, contracts, right-of-way acquisition, construction of roads and sidewalks.
- Assist citizens in dead tree determination and removal from public property and right-of-way.
- Issue utility, lane/road closure and land disturbance permits.
- Assist citizens with stormwater management issues on private single-family residential property as outlined in Administration Policy 6.
- Review and approve site plans to verify compliance with city code.
- Provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood plain information to citizens, design professionals and others.
- Provide engineering review of exemption, preliminary, final, general, condominium, and detail plats.
Once development begins, site inspections are performed to ensure that construction follows approved permitted plans and that the site is in compliance with all applicable ordinances and laws. Division personnel oversee implementation of the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit.
Erosion control inspectors conduct site inspections and pre-construction meetings with owners and contractors. Inspections include installing and maintaining erosion and sediment control measures, roll tests on the sub-grade and base for roads, storm pipe installation, and final grading inspections. Division personnel also evaluate, design, draft and oversee city road and drainage projects, to ensure compliance with plans and applicable laws, and assist other departments with engineering and technical concerns. Personnel meet with citizens to help solve problems and complaints on flooding, drainage, sidewalks and streets.
Storm Water Discharge Permits
The division submits an annual report to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for our storm water discharge permit. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit was amended in 1987 by the Water Quality Act to address non-point source pollution from storm water runoff collecting pollutants from roadways, parking lots, yards, farms, and other areas exposed to rainfall, and washes these pollutants into our rivers and streams. The Public Works Department provides decals for storm drains, ensures that they are kept clean and in good repair, and monitors for pollutants in discharges.
- Sidewalk and/or street repair
- Illicit discharges to the storm system (sediment in the street from construction sites, chemicals being poured down the storm drains, etc.)
- Drainage problems
- Broken storm water infrastructure