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Public Works Department

Statement of Function
The Public Works Department is the management center for planning and implementing engineering design, construction, and maintenance programs within the Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Coastal Engineering, Land Acquisition, Facilities Management, Stormwater Engineering, Fleet Management, Telecommunications, and Road and Bridge Divisions. The function of the Public Works Department is to provide complete infrastructure and infrastructure maintenance for transportation, stormwater/drainage, communications, government buildings, parks, recreation, and beaches within Indian River County, as well as meeting the fleet management and building maintenance needs of all County departments and constitutional officers.

2019/2020 Goals and Objectives

  • Continue the acquisition of right-of-way/temporary construction easements for 66th Avenue Widening from 49th St to 85th St (Project #1505),
  • Continue to handle property management of commercial properties.
  • Manage upgrade and conversion of legacy PBX telephone systems to network VoIP systems, at IRC Remote Library sites, IRC North County Water Treatment Plant, IRC Central Waste-Water Treatment Plant, & new IRC North County Office building – Sebastian Corners project.
  • Continue to support and administer IRC multi-node corporate PBX Telephone systems county-wide. Review existing IRC PBX systems maintenance contracts due to ongoing developments and changes in the telecommunications industry. Introduce new and reliable improvements to current technology
  • Continue to update fiber optic network documentation systems county-wide. Also updating IRC GIS systems with fiber optic network changes made, and correction of fiber systems information collected in the field. This work in coordination with IRC GIS Department.
  • Continue to shift the document and record keeping process to an Electronic Data Management System
  • Construct the Sector 5 Beach and Dune Restoration Project.
  • Continue sea turtle monitoring under Amendment #1 of the Habitat Conservation Plan.
  • Secure grants for the Sector 3, 5 and 7 Beach and Dune Restoration Projects and to continue expansion of the County’s offshore artificial recreational reefs.
  • Complete construction of Osprey Acres Floway and Nature Preserve and begin facility operation.
  • Complete miscellaneous Lagoon Legacy projects with Coastal Engineering and the City of Vero Beach.
  • Continue monitoring water quality on the Indian River Farms Water Control District’s North, South, and Main Relief Canals.
  • Design, permit, bid, and construct the North and South Relief Canal Excavator Systems for water lettuce and debris removal.
  • Continue to educate citizens and businesses, and enforce the Fertilizer Ordinance County-wide, including the City of Vero Beach and the Town of Indian River Shores.
  • Continue to implement Best Management Practices at roadway projects, commercial projects, salvage yards, industrial facilities, residential developments, construction sites, and dewatering projects during site inspections.
  • Operate and maintain Egret Marsh Stormwater Park and PC Main Screening System to reduce pollution to the Indian River Lagoon and to comply with TMDL limits.  Begin operation of Osprey Acres Floway and Nature Preserve.
  • Replace the roof on the IRC Courthouse and waterproof the windows, pressure wash and paint the building as well as the Parking Garage.
  • Oversee the remodel of the IRC Courthouse which will create a new court room and added office space for the Clerk of Court staff.
  • Coordinate Intersection Improvements / Signalization: 1st Street SW and 27th Avenue – Turn Lanes and Signalization, 45th Street & Old Dixie Highway – Turn Lanes and Signalization, 41st Street & Old Dixie Highway – Turn Lanes and Signalization, Indian River Boulevard & Grand Harbor Boulevard – Signalization, All Aboard Florida – Signals and Crossings
  • Traffic Signal Upgrades– (Joint Project With FDOT): Old Dixie Highway & Highlands Drive
  • Pavement Markings Improvements:  65th Street from 58th Avenue to US1, 69th Street from 58th Avenue to US1, CR510 between 87th Street and 86th Avenue, Emergency Operations Center Striping, Administration Complex – Overflow Parking Striping, Dodger Town Restriping
  • Replace approximately 62 failing culverts throughout the County