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The Engineering Division consists of the following staff members:
The Engineering Division’s mission is to help the City and its partners make informed decisions affecting the City’s infrastructure. We provide three distinct types of service that support this mission:
The Engineering Division administers several programs to help fulfill a variety of DPW goals and responsibilities, as outlined below.
i. Stormwater Program
The City owns and operates what is known as a municipal separate storm sewer system, or MS4. This system reduces flooding throughout the City by carrying stormwater runoff into rivers and streams. A permit from the RI Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) is required to operate this system, and this permit requires that the City take steps to clean the polluted stormwater runoff before it is discharged. The short video below helps explain why this is necessary, and describes the programs we offer (see below) to City residents and businesses to help clean our stormwater.
You can also review the DPW’s annual report to the RIDEM regarding its stormwater system management performance here: Storm Water Report
Finally, because homeowners are our single most valuable partner in reducing pollution of our rivers, here is a list of ten things you can do you to help lessen the impact of stormwater runoff at your property:
ii. Free Tree Program
Planting trees is one of the smartest things a City can do. Trees provide an impressive array of benefits, including:
DPW plants trees in the sidewalks in front of private property at no cost to the property owner. You can request a tree or multiple trees using the application found here: Free Tree Application
iii. Free Rain Barrel Program
Rain Barrels are an easy way for residents to reduce the amount of runoff that leaves their property during a rainstorm. Doing so creates numerous benefits for the City and the resident, including:
You can request a free rain barrel using the application found here: Free Rain Barrel Application
iv. 50-50 Sidewalk Program
When the DPW is petitioned to repair or construct new sidewalks in the City, City Ordinances require that one half of the total construction cost is assessed to the abutting property owner. In 2017, property owners’ share of construction cost averaged $60 per foot of sidewalk in locations where both concrete and curb required replacement. Costs vary pending the actual scope of work, which DPW determines following a formal estimating process.
Please find the application to participate in this program here: 50-50 Sidewalk Application
The Engineering Division helps manage the process of maintaining and improving the City's infrastructure, public buildings, and other assets. We do this by providing technical advice and review of projects delivered by others (e.g. private developers, public utilities), and managing delivery of DPW’s own capital improvement projects. Our Project Management team has delivered over 50 projects in the last five years alone, including the notable examples below.
Redevelopment of Max Read Field
Slater Park Pavilion
Blackstone River Wall Improvements
Playground at Agnes Little Elementary School
Main Street Bridge Improvements
Slater Park Disc Trail
The Engineering Division is responsible for creating, storing, updating, and sharing several types of information. Below is a summary of the information we manage, and instructions for accessing it.
i. Maintain Tax Assessor's Plats and Zoning Maps
ii. Maintain Plans of City Assets
iii. GIS Mapping Support
- Mayor Donald R. Grebien