The department maintains records, plans, surveys, specifications, reports, and other pertinent information for all City-owned and public facilities as well as several private facilities in addition to maintaining an accurate history of property owners and deed transfers for all City lots. Acting as a clearinghouse of data, the Engineering Department provides other City departments, local businesses, and community members with access to a wide array of both current and historic resources.
Beyond maintaining an accurate record of the City's infrastructure and history, the Engineering Department works with both the Water and Wastewater Departments to ensure the City's compliance with various State and Federal laws and regulations pertaining to water, sewage, and stormwater facilities.
This includes acquiring, maintaining, and/or implementing various permits, plans, and actions mandated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In this capacity, the department submits numerous annual reports to regulatory agencies in addition to preparing diverse grant applications for an array of projects.
Citizens interact with the Engineering Department in various ways. All requests for new water and sewer taps, subdivisions of property, sales of City lots, and vacating of public right-of-ways are processed through the department. Any inquiries or complaints pertaining to water quality, treatment, and/or pressure, the Wastewater Treatment Plant, pumping stations, combined sewer overflows, City streets, City lots, surveys, floodplains, etc. are also directed to the Engineering Department.
The Engineering Department collaborates closely with the Public Works, Water, and Wastewater Departments to coordinate and develop a street reconstruction project each year. Factors considered when prioritizing streets include, but are not limited to, current street surface condition, condition of the underlying infrastructure (water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities), how many years it's been since the street was paved, the overall impact of the project, and availability of funding (including any restrictions that may be associated with a particular funding source).
The Engineering Department helps to plan capital improvement projects for the water and sewer systems and other City facilities, including the preparation of designs, estimates, plans, specifications, and permit and funding applications. When additional project help is needed, the Department coordinates work with a consulting firm. Recent City projects include the Halyday/Main Street waterline replacement, improvements to both the Northside Pump Station and Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Oil Creek waterline crossing, and the annual street reconstruction program. The department is also attempting to secure funding for improvement projects on both East 2nd Street and Colbert Avenue in the near future.
The City of Oil City routinely monitors the quality of your drinking water according to all Federal and State Laws. The Engineering Department prepares a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) annually to help residents stay informed on their water quality. It is required by law that we share this report with all our water customers. If you have any questions pertaining to the CCR or your water utility, please contact the Engineering Department at 814-678-3020 or via the "Contact Us" page.