The City’s Engineering Department is responsible for the design, planning and construction of City-initiated public development projects, and the review and inspection of all privately installed public improvements. The department reviews such things as grading, utilities and roadways for new developments. The engineering department oversees the annual Sidewalk Maintenance and Replacement Program, as well as federally mandated storm water regulations.
Street Maintenance Program
The 2017 Street Maintenance Program begins the week of Sept. 11 and runs for up to one week. Various streets throughout the City will be repaired and improved during this time. View the map and schedule here. Street Maintenance Update (Friday, Sept. 15) – The final work in the City’s Street Maintenance Program will be from 8 a.m.-noon this coming Monday, Sept. 18, weather permitting. This work will be done on a portion of Village Club Drive in Golf Village.
Slurry seal is a mixture of emulsified asphalt, water and fine aggregates that is used to extend the lifespan of structurally sound streets.
Why use slurry seal instead of placing new asphalt? Preventative maintenance is more cost-effective than corrective maintenance. As long as the street is structurally sound, slurry seal can extend the lifespan of our streets by 5-8 years.
How does slurry seal prevent further deterioration? Over time pavement surfaces lose some of the smaller aggregate it contains. Slurry seal replaces what has been lost, as well as sealing any cracks.
Why is there loose gravel on the street after it has been slurry sealed? After the initial cure period a small portion of the aggregate that is in the slurry seal will become loose and need to be swept up. We follow up our slurry seal operation with a street sweeping after the slurry seal has had a chance to cure more fully.
The City of Powell Engineering Department inspects sidewalks each year in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of the residents through the annual Sidewalk Program. It is the responsibility of abutting property owners to maintain sidewalks along their property. If the City identifies a sidewalk in need of repair, the abutting property owner will receive notification of the repairs needed and an estimated cost. Residents can choose to opt-in or opt-out of the City’s program.
Storm Water Information
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II is a nationally federally mandated program with which the City has been involved since 2003.
As a part of this program, municipalities such as Powell must designate part of their services to help protect water quality by regulating storm water discharge from a variety of sources. This includes public education, public involvement, the elimination of illicit discharges, construction site storm water runoff, post-construction storm water management and pollution prevention.