The Engineering Department is one of five divisions in Public Works which are overseen by the Director of Engineering. Responsibilities of the department include: design and construction of major infrastructure and maintenance projects, capital improvement planning, and storm water management among many others. Two important tools used with in the department are pavement management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Pavement management is done by an inspection process conducted on City streets every three years. The results of said inspections are entered into a software application allowing staff to track conditions on each street segment, model life expectancies for streets, and plan maintenance projects at critical times maximizing the efficiency of dollars spent. GIS is a system which was new to the city in 2003 and has grown significantly in recent years. Staff makes use of this system on a daily basis for mapping, retention and organization of infrastructure records, planning, reports, and presentations. Previously the system was only available to the public by request in printed form. This is set to change soon as the department is in the process of testing an interactive base map which will soon be available to the public via the City website.
In 2005 the City was notified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) that it had been designated as a MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) in accordance with Minnesota Rules Chapter 7090. As a result of this rule, the City is now required under federal and state law to obtain coverage under a NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Permit in order to own and operate our Storm Sewer System. Below is a link to the City’s proposed SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program) which was prepared as a required part of the application for a MS4 Permit. In accordance with Minnesota Appeals Court order and the revised Permit, all SWPPPs will have public notices as part of the MPCA review and approval process. A copy of this document can also be obtained at City Hall during normal business hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.