The Oberlin Public Works Department maintains the City's infrastructure through the coordinated efforts of six divisions: Administration; Engineering; General Maintenance Division; Building and Grounds Division; Water Division; and Waste Water Division. A properly maintained infrastructure positively affects our residents' quality of life, our business' ability to thrive and the general public's ability to move safely through our community. Sound infrastructure maintenance is a tool for attracting and keeping a strong local business base, a vital part of the City's future.
The Engineering and Administrative divisions provide support services for each of the other divisions within the Public Works Department and other municipal departments. This includes technical design for improvement projects such as street reconstruction and water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer replacements as well as city building additions and improvements.
The General Maintenance Division includes the Streets, Sanitary and Storm Sewer Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, and Refuse/Recycling. This Division provides services such as snow removal, leaf and brush collection, storm and sanitary sewer maintenance to name a few.
The Building and Grounds Division performs routine maintenance and construction for the City's parks and playgrounds including Westwood Cemetery. This Division prepares the City's ball-fields for play, assists the Recreation Department during special events, and provides general maintenance for many of the City's buildings.
The Water Division pumps water from the West Branch of the Black River to the Parsons Rd. Reservoir. At the Water Treatment Plant, water is treated through a series of chemical and physical processes to meet all requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Treated water is then pumped to the City.
The Waste Water Division treats wastewater in a series of physical, chemical and biological processes before discharging cleaned water to Plum Creek. Effluent meets all requirements of the City’s discharge permit.
As Oberlin continues to grow, so does the need for additional streets, sanitary and storm sewer, drinking water systems and environmental services. Proper planning allows this infrastructure building and maintenance to occur without imposing additional tax burdens on Oberlin families.
If you see a condition in the City that requires the action of the Public Works Department, contact us at (440) 775-7218.