Responsibilities & ServicesThe City of Pleasant Hill Public Works Department oversees city streets, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, water main components that serve Pleasant Hill, public right-of-ways, storm warning system, traffic control devices, building services, cemetery, animal control, mosquito control, and the locating of city utilities for excavation operations that take place in the city. This includes, but not limited to:
- 65 miles of streets
- 60 miles of sanitary sewer lines
- 775 sanitary sewer manholes
- 4 sanitary sewer lift stations
- 125 storm sewer outfalls
- 950 storm sewer inlets
To complete all tasks, the department has 10 full-time employees and is on call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
During the winter months, the department clears snow from public streets, sidewalks and parking lots. The staff works in 12-hour shifts until streets are clear. This cold indoor season also gives the department a chance to make repairs to equipment and public facilities.
To prepare for winter, 1,000 tons of salt is ready to be applied to the roads this winter. On average, the department uses 800 tons of material.
In spring, the department remains cognizant of possible flooding conditions that may result from snow melting or heavy rains. Street cleaning of the entire city is done to gather all the remaining sand left on the street from the winter deicing materials.
During spring and summer, the Public Works staff works vigorously to repair potholes, broken panels, damaged curbs, undermining storm sewer intakes, and other issues with the network of streets that make up our community. This is also when the department begins mowing and maintaining right-of-way and sanitary sewer easements.
In an effort to make the outdoor recreational opportunities more enjoyable, mosquitoes are sprayed twice a week. When fall approaches, the department prepares equipment for the upcoming snow operations and finishes out remaining street repairs. Street sweeping of the entire city is done to pick up leaf litter and debris generated from the climate change. This cycle of maintenance and preparedness will continue and grow with our community.
Year-round tasks by Public Works
- Ensuring the sanitary and storm sewer services are maintained and flowing as designed, this also includes lift stations.
- Picking up and transporting stray pets: Those picked up are taken to the temporary holding facility before being transferred to the Animal Rescue League (ARL). We encourage you to register your pet with the city to ensure you can be contacted and given back to the rightful owner.
- Locate city-owned and operated utilities prior to any project that involves digging within the city. On average, the department locates nine a day.
- Oversees the care and janitorial components of the public buildings in the community.
- Service and maintain all city vehicles.
- Administer Oakwood Cemetery.