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
- Oversee the remodel of the IRC Courthouse which will create a new court room and added offices pace for the Clerk of Court staff.
- Replace the roof on the IRC Courthouse and waterproof the windows, pressure wash and paint the building as well as the Parking Garage.
- Continue to shift the document and record keeping process to an Electronic Data Management System which will allow for the increased efficiency in data sharing between County Staff/Consultants/Contractors, ensure our compliance with Sunshine Law requirements, improve our ability to rapidly respond to public information requests, and minimize the resources and staff time required for the record data retrieval processes.
- Continue to upgrade the Engineering Divisions computer and IT systems in order to increase staff productivity and facilitate a continued shift towards an electronic data-based environment.
- Begin construction of 43rd Avenue and SR-60 Intersection Project (18th Street to 26th Street).
- Begin construction of 49th Street Resurfacing Project (58th Avenue to 31st Avenue).
- Begin construction of 57th Avenue Reclamation Project (57th Street to CR-510).
- Begin construction of 85th street Petition Paving Project (96th Avenue to 101st Avenue).
- Begin construction of 58th Avenue (57th Street to CR-510).
- Continue countywide beach profile survey as part of the Beach Preservation Plan.
- Continue to construct artificial reefs offshore of Indian River County.
- Continue sea turtle monitoring under Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).
- Continue to implement public outreach programs on sea turtles, natural resources, and dune vegetation.
- Complete final design of Moorhen Marsh Low Energy Aquatic Plant System (LEAPSTM), a regional stormwater pollution control facility that will remove pollution from the IRFWCD North Relief Canal water.
- Continue monitoring water quality on the Indian River Farms Water Control District's North, South, and Main Relief Canals.
- 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 work to convert IRC VoIP telephone voice communication links, currently operating on the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network), to new IP-based SIP network trunk voice communications links.
- Manage & supervise development of Nexus Worx fiber optic network documentation system.
- Continued work to upgrade / convert IRC ACS Security Systems, and CCTV Security Systems to state of the art fiber optic network systems, in order to improve physical security levels and public safety at many IRC building locations.
- Continue with Pavement Marking Improvements: Re-strip 45 Lane Miles of faded or worn pavement marking (various locations).
- Traffic Signal Upgrades for Old Dixie Highway & Highlands Drive – Flashing Beacon, 43rd Ave and SR 60 – Turn Lanes and Signalization, 1st Street SW and 27th Avenue – Turn Lanes and Signalization, 49th and 43rd Ave – Signalization.
- Resurface 12 miles of roadway.
- Replace approximately failing 52 culverts throughout the County.