National Public Works Week: Municipal Properties

We are kicking off National Public Works Week sponsored by the American Public Works Association by featuring each of our Department of Public Works divisions to learn more about what goes into maintaining a city’s physical infrastructure.

Our first feature is the municipal properties department which is a compromised of our facilities and grounds divisions:

Facilities Division (facilities)

Facilities is made up of two full-time personnel for day-to-day facilities maintenance and management. Facilities also includes a six person custodial services team, consisting of three full-time and three part-time personnel. In addition to supporting various initiative and projects, Facilities is responsible for the maintenance and management of more than 30 structures.

Grounds Division (Grounds)

The grounds division is made up of six full-time personnel. In addition to supporting various initiative and projects, Grounds is responsible for the maintenance and management of over 460 acres of City lands. That includes all City parks and right-of-way, trees, and irrigation.

As it relates to the scope of services provided, and in addition to directly supporting Facilities and Grounds, the DPW has a full-time master electrician and a full-time electrician apprentice. These two maintain over 1,400 parking lots and downtown street lights and assist with MISS DIG staking. MISS DIG staking is the result of Public Act 53 of 1974 by the Michigan State Legislature for the Protection of Underground Utilities, which requires the pre-location of underground assets prior to excavation.

We thank you for all your hard work and dedication on keeping our community clean! Learn more a www.auburnhills.org/dpw

Aaron Stahly, Deputy Director for the Department of Public Works

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