Dana "Diz" Edwards
Mission Statement of the Public Works Department:
“Provide first class operations, maintenance, repair, engineering, and construction services for all City public infrastructure and improvements.”
The Director of Public Works primary responsibility is to oversee three divisions, if you will, of the Public Works Department, including Sanitation, Water/Sewer, and Streets. Part of the Public Works Director’s duties include the planning for and implementation, with the assistance of the City Administrator and City Engineer, of street, sewer, and other infrastructure improvements. Public Works Director Dana “Diz” Edwards has been with the City in excess of 25 years, and leads our Public Works Department.
Water and Waste Water Department: The Water and Waste Water Department is staffed by 3 full-time employees. The city is served by 3 wells that pump about 150 million gallons of water per year. Water is metered and manually read on a monthly basis. The City is working towards an infrastructure improvement project that would do away with manual reading of meters, instead having them read electronically by way of a “radio read” system. Our Waste Water plant is best described as a “trickling filter plant” with ultra-violet disinfection. The average flow through the plant is about 400,000 gallons per day. Our plant is considered a Grade III Plant by the Iowa Dpt. of Natural Resources. Due to flooding over the past ten years, we have recently relocated the Plant Lab to higher ground on the property. This allowed us to avoid damaging future flooding and time consuming clean up in addition to a cost savings of approximately $3,000 per year related to flood insurance that will no longer be needed. The City is also in the process of completing a flood protection levee at the sewer plant. At this time, Spring 2010, we are working with the City Engineer, IDNR, and Corps of Engineers, to finalize plans and specifications that will allow us to finish the flood protection project.
Sanitation Department The Sanitation Department is served by 2 full-time employees. Residential garbage is collected on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Residential garbage must be put to the curb in a City approved Garbage Bag. The “City” bag is clear and is clearly labeled with the City of Monticello logo. Small bags are presently sold at grocery stores and many convenience stores at a cost of .50 and .75 for small and large bags, respectively. The purpose of the bag is to provide a “pay as you go” system. If you produce less garbage, you buy less bags, and the City pays less to dump the waste at the transfer station, and the transfer station pays less to discard the waste in Illinois. The bags, being clear, also allow the sanitation dpt. employees the option of leaving a bag behind that contains too many recyclables. Their decision is obviously discretionary on this point, with the goal being to promote recycling of recyclables instead of land-filling recyclables. Yard waste is collected every other Thursday from April through November. Commercial collection is performed off and on throughout the week as needed and scheduled. The Sanitation Dpt. is also responsible for the collection of “white goods”, primarily kitchen type appliances, and “Electronics”, from TV’s to Computers and Monitors to Stereo Systems. Both White Goods and Electronics require the application of a City Sticker that can be purchased at City Hall during regular business hours. These goods are delivered to the Jones County Transfer Station and collected by a private business for purposes of recycling.
Street Department The 3 full-time employees of the Street Dpt. are primarily responsible for street maintenance, cleaning, painting, tree trimming and removal, and snow removal. They also assist with other public works department responsibilities as needed.