As a multifaceted team of mechanics, equipment operators, and skilled laborers, the Public Works Department — led by Director Howard Faunce — performs many crucial functions for the City and its residents. The department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all City-owned property, buildings, vehicles, and equipment, ensuring the preparedness of all departments when responding to situations that arise in our community.
If you have an after-hours emergency, please contact the police department immediately. Non-emergency questions about public works can be answered by filling out the contact form
Public Works is further responsible for the upkeep and mowing of all 138 acres of parks, playgrounds, and recreation areas within City limits as well as the maintenance of the ice control devices on both the Allegheny River and Oil Creek.
The Public Works Department also oversees numerous jobs that impact our citizens directly. Ongoing maintenance of the City's approximate 66 miles of paved streets and 10 miles of unpaved streets keeps employees busy year round. In addition to annual paving, grading, patching, milling, and sealing projects, the department replaces street and traffic signs and posts when damaged or stolen and repaints all crosswalks and street markings every year. In collaboration with other departments, Public Works also cleans and repairs 73 miles of 100 year old sanitary and storm water pipes and newly constructs storm sewers or sanitary sewers as needed.
Street sweeping begins in early Spring and continues into late Fall. The schedule varies from year to year depending on when winter weather subsides. The schedule is updated as frequently as possible and streets are posted with no parking signs by the Police Department to give residents notice of an anticipated sweeping in their neighborhood.
Three crews work around the clock to prepare for snowstorms and to keep the streets safe and maintained throughout the winter season. Main streets are given first priority, followed by secondary streets and alleys.
Loose-leaf pickup by way of the City's vacuum truck will be done according to the weather-dependent schedule, which is typically updated weekly. If you have bagged leaves you would like to have picked up please make a request to the Public Works Department by calling or by completing the form below to request a bagged leaf pickup.
Note about the loose leaf and street sweep schedule:Each cell in the table represents which streets will be maintained on a particular day. Either the north or south side of the City will be fully completed before moving to the other side. The schedule changes dynamically according to weather conditions and is updated as necessary.
How can residents do their part to help out in Oil City?
As the City is far more expansive than it may appear, the Department of Public Works has a lot of ground to cover while keeping up with their numerous responsibilities. Sometimes this can make it difficult to handle issues as promptly as we'd like. There are many things that our citizens can do to help out, which will free up time for us to spend on those tasks which matter most. Some of the things you can do to help include keeping your sidewalks clean, having leaves raked and ready for pickup, cleaning out catch basins near your property, and being mindful of what may be flowing into storm drains to prevent future issues. Remember, some catch basins drain directly to the river.
What should I do if I need help setting up for an event in Oil City?
There are several events held within the City each year which Public Works assists with. The department handles tasks such as bagging meters, providing trash receptacles, barricades, cones, and other such items that may be necessary for an event held on public property. If you require any such items or services please let us know at the time of your request to City Council for the use of public property. For any questions regarding what we can provide or help you with, feel free to reach out by utilizing the "Contact Us" page or calling 814-678-3012.