The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance, planning, and administration of the City's infrastructure. This infrastructure includes city roadways, waterlines, sewers, curbs, and sidewalks. Other responsibilities of the department include stormwater and floodplain management.
General Services, Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, and the Zoning Department all fall under the jurisdiction of Public Works.
Maintaining sidewalks is an essential part of city infrastructure for transportation, recreation, safety, and aesthic purposes. Maintenance of sidewalks is the
reponsibility of the owner of the property abutting the sidewalk. Approximately one mile of walks are upgraded each year with this program.
The City is divided into quadrants, with a different quadrant addressed each year for repair and/or replacement of hazardous sidewalks. Sidewalks within that quadrant are inspected
and marked for repair/replacement as necessary. Property owners are notified by certified mail of any necessary repairs. Owners are given the option of having the repairs made themselves or
reimbursing the City (via tax assessments) for making the repairs.
Street Resurfacing & Concrete Repair Program
A list of streets that need repair is created based upon annual inspections combined with an independent third party scoring all streets.
The funding for this comes from a one-quarter percent income tax which generates $300,000 worth of resurfacing annually. A typical year will see 10 to 15 streets resurfaced.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Project
The City applies for this grant every year, selecting a project that meets CDBG requirements. Federal funding is supplemented with local funds. Currently the City is committed to multiple
phases of a sewer separation
project in the Wooster/Marshall Street area.
Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) Project
This yearly project takes place on a major route and ranges from $400,000 to $600,000 in cost. Examples of past CDBG projects include four phases of Cline Street and five
phases of E. Main Street. In additon to this state funding, the City supplements these projects with local funds.
City of Norwalk Engineering Standards
Right-of-Way Construction Permit
Map of 2016 Projects
Projects out for Bid
Current Road Construction
Public Works Department
38 Whittlesey, Norwalk, Ohio 44857
419-663-6707 ph 419-663-6788 fax
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Public Works Director Joshua Snyder