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Public Works - Dougherty County

Director: Larry Cook

Contact Information:        
(229) 430-6120
(229) 430-6128 (fax)

2038 Newton Rd. Albany, GA 31701

The Dougherty County Public Works Department has five divisions: Administration, Engineering, Vehicle Maintenance, Parks and Gardens, and Environmental Control. The Public Works director and assistant director oversee construction and drainage crews, road maintenance crews, right-a-way clearing crews, pipe-laying crews,and pump stations. The director also supervises an administrative staff that supports Public Works and its five divisions.

The director is responsible for coordination of all road construction funded by the One-Percent Sales Tax Program. Public Works clears rights-of-way for road construction; builds and/or installs driveway culverts, catch basins, drainage pipes and manholes; maintains holding pond pump stations; and demolishes and cleans condemned buildings to prepare for new construction.

Under the direction of the Public Works Director, the Engineering Department is responsible for a variety of engineering and administrative assignments of a complex nature. Responsible for the preparation of technical specifications for public improvements and the inspection of work on public construction projects. Responsible for the surveying of construction projects. Designs roads, storm drainage facilities, parking areas and other related public projects. Also, responsible for the construction stakeout necessary to construct these projects. Prepare technical and contract specifications for public improvements. Prepare, maintain and revise a variety of maps, records and other engineering documents. Responsible for the surveying and deed research necessary to prepare plats and deeds for property acquisition. Administer and interpret county subdivision regulations and assist in the review of preliminary and final plans submitted by developers.

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Vehicle Maintenance
Under the direction of the Public Works Director, the Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for maintenance and repair of vehicles for each department within the County government. Also responsible for the maintenance and repair of equipment and heavy construction equipment for the four departments within Public Works. This includes a total maintenance inventory of approximately 345 items of equipment and vehicles.

Environmental Control
Under the direction of the Public Works Director, the Environmental Control Division is responsible for applying herbicide to rights-of-way and canals, applying pesticides for adult mosquitoes and larvicides in water holding areas. This division also mows weeds and grasses located on rights-of-way, canals and holding ponds throughout the County .

Stormwater Management
Stormwater is rain that runs off surfaces such as rooftops, driveways, lawns, paved streets, highways, and parking lots. From there, the stormwater can soak into the soil (infiltrate), be held on the surface and evaporate, or enter the storm drain and continue through storm pipes until it is released untreated into a local waterway. Dougherty County’s Stormwater Management Program (SWMP), seeks to minimize the negative effects of stormwater pollution, while encouraging environmental protection and conservation of the Flint River Basin.

                   Interesting Stormwater Facts & Information
                   • Downstream Article              • Stormwater Facts
                   • Good Neighbors                    • Stormwater Puzzle
                   • Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development Information

Under the direction of the Public Works Director, the Parks Division is responsible for the maintenance of the parks in the un-incorporated area of the County.  More information about the Parks can be found here.

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