Public Works

Welcome to the Lacey Public Works Department.  From designing, operating and maintaining the city’s transportation, water, sewer and stormwater systems to protecting critical water resources, Public Works is dedicated to providing superior customer services while improving the quality of life within our community.

With nearly 345 miles of roadway lanes; 3,800 streetlights and traffic signals; 525 miles of water, sewer and stormwater lines; 250 acres of maintained parks and facilities; 125,000 square feet of occupied buildings; a fleet of 240 vehicles; and a numerous volunteer programs, Public Works is the largest and most diverse department within Lacey’s municipal organization.  We look forward to serving you!

Operations and Maintenance

The Operations Division is responsible for the overall maintenance of our city streets, water and wastewater utilities, parks maintenance, and our city fleet of vehicles and equipment. We are the largest department in Public Works and are responsible for the maintenance and operation of all city infrastructure. Management and Administration is provided by an Operations Manager and two Department Assistants. The department is functionally organized into four divisions that keep the city operating at peak efficiency.

Equipment Maintenance Division
The Equipment Rental Fund is an internal service fund created to provide for the repair, maintenance, and replacement of City-owned vehicles and equipment. The Finance Department provides administrative support while the Public Works Department provides maintenance, management, and repair services. The Equipment Rental Division is responsible for the repair and maintenance of 225 vehicles and other pieces of equipment in addition to the operation of the fueling facility. General purpose work is performed in-house by three full-time equipment mechanics. Specialized work is contracted to local automotive repair shops.
Parks and Facilities Maintenance
The Public Works Parks and Facilities Maintenance Division maintains the grounds of all City-owned and operated buildings, water and wastewater facilities, parks, roundabouts, and planter strips. This includes over 530 acres of park land, grounds adjacent to occupied buildings, 74 water and wastewater sites, and 15 miles of right-of-way wtih over 2,500 street trees.

The work performed by the division includes routine and preventative maintenance, as well as repairs and special projects. Staff performs site repair, turf and grounds preservation, urban forest management, support of Parks and Recreation programs, limited construction, and coordination for volunteer and youth work groups. Work is prioritized to address safety and high community-use areas.

The division is responsible for the maintenance of over 125,000 square feet of occupied buildings, including City Hall, Lacey Timberland Library, Lacey Museum, Maintenance Service Center, Jacob Smith House, Community Center, Senior Center, and over 74 water and wastewater facilities. Support is also provided to the Water and Wastewater Divisions on an as-needed basis.
Stormwater Utility Division
The Stormwater Utility Division operates and maintains all municipal storm drainage systems. The utility is also responsible for developing plans, programs, and constructing treatment facilities as necessary to comply with federal, state, and city non-point source surface water requirements.

Significant resources are devoted to public education, responding to citizen inquiries, identifying water quality/quantity concerns, and developing solutions. An emphasis is placed on: Identifying requirements for facilities to remediate known water quality and flooding concerns. Cleaning and maintaining catch basins, storm ponds, swales and other treatment devices. Developing water quality monitoring and maintenance plans for both public and private facilities to ensure resources devoted to maintenance. Maximizing pollutant removal efficiency of the storm water system through an aggressive street sweeping program.
Streets Maintenance Division
The Public Works Street Division is responsible for evaluating, maintaining, and repairing all roadways, traffic signs, markings, signals, drainage systems, sidewalks, and roadsides as well as roadway lighting.  The Division is also responsible for street cleaning, snow and ice removal, and removing road debris from traffic lanes. Additionally, the Street Division performs special projects such as the Christmas tree pickup, hanging the College Street banners, and supporting special events such as Fun Fair and car shows. The division also manages the Adopt-a-Roadway Program.
Wastewater Utility Division
Lacey’s Wastewater Utility Division consists of a collection system of sewer pipelines, sewage pump stations, STEP systems, and community on-site septic systems. These facilities serve to collect, initiate treatment, and transport wastewater to the regional LOTT Treatment Facility. Lacey’s Wastewater Utility is responsible for operation and maintenance of approximately 189 miles of wastewater lines, 44 lift stations, and nearly 2,857 residential and community STEP systems.

Utility operations are funded through wastewater service fees.  These revenues cover current operating expenses, maintenance of the system, replacement, and emergency repairs.  Revenues required to finance needed capital improvements comes from the general facility charge (GFC) that all new connections must pay.
Water Utility Division
The Water Utility Division provides high quality drinking water in sufficient quantity and pressure to support the citizens of Lacey and residents of the entire water service area.  Virtually all of Lacey’s water comes from groundwater wells owned and operated by the Utility.  Water rates cover current operating expenses, maintenance of the system, replacement of worn and failing waterlines, emergency repairs, and debt service.  In addition to water rates, new connections to the water system are charged a one-time fee to cover costs of infrastructure requirements necessary to ensure continued quality service to serve the connection.  Such infrastructure includes City owned production wells, over 300 miles of distribution lines, numerous pressure control devices, and seven storage reservoirs.
Public Works programs include distribution line maintenance and repair, water quality and regulatory compliance, resource management, conservation, wellhead protection, water production and storage operations, and system engineering. Financial services include meter reading, accounting, billing, and collection.  The Operations Division is responsible for operating the system, repairs and preventive maintenance.  Planning, capital improvements, regulatory compliance, community education/outreach, design and capital programming, development review, and source development are provided by the Water Resources and Engineering Divisions.

Water Resources

The Water Resources Division provides a variety of technical, engineering, and professional services relating to water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities. We lead ongoing community efforts to ensure:

  • Our water is being used efficiently.
  • Our creeks, streams, lakes and wetlands are protected from pollution.
  • Our streets and properties are protected from flooding.
  • Our drinking water is of the highest quality possible.
  • Our water supply will meet the needs of our children and grandchildren.

Water Resources manages programs for water conservation, cross-connection control, customer response, well-head protection, stormwater pollution prevention, distribution system monitoring, and volunteer programs. The department also participates with other local, state, and federal agencies for regulatory issues, including wetland protection, water quality standards, permits, and environmental program evaluation. Additionally, the department is the lead for providing engineering design/troubleshooting for the water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities’ comprehensive planning, capital projects, and operational strategies and problems.

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The Engineering Division oversees the transportation, survey, design/construction management, and development review sections in Public Works. The City Engineer oversees the transportation, survey, design and construction management, and development review sections of the Public Works Department.  Engineering staff perform the following key functions:

  • Identification of public improvement needs
  • Design and management of city-funded construction projects for utility and transportation systems
  • Provision of technical support and information to utility operators and the public
  • Review of development proposals and inspections of construction of public facilities

Land Survey Section

The Land Survey Section of the Engineering Division, under the direction of a licensed Professional Land Surveyor, provides surveying and mapping services for the City of Lacey.  Responsibilities include (1) maintaining a horizontal and vertical control network for use by all parties involved with development and utility projects within Lacey’s Urban Growth Area, (2) providing survey services for design, construction and as-builts of City of Lacey construction projects, (3) property boundary surveys, (4) developing and maintaining accurate maps of utilities installed in the city’s Urban Growth Area, and (5) producing descriptions for easements, rights-of-way, and other land transactions involving the city.

Transportation Section

The Transportation Section has four full-time staff responsible for transportation planning, obtaining grant funding, street light timing and operation, and determining traffic mitigation on development projects.

Design & Construction Section

The Design and Construction Section has ten full-time staff responsible for design of various parks, facility, paving and utility projects, pavement management (pavement condition inspections), and all inspection services for city funded construction projects.

Development Review

Development Review is part of the Public Works Engineering Services section. Development Review is responsible for coordinating the external needs of citizens, developers, engineers, and surveyors with the internal needs of various sections of the City of Lacey’s Public Works and Community & Economic Development departments. Every residential or commercial project that is privately funded is reviewed and inspected by members of the Development Review team.

Water, sewer, storm drainage, street section, street lighting, erosion control, and landscaping elements are all part of typical civil drawing plan reviews and inspections made by the Development Review section.

Also, Development Review members assist in the development process.  Team members are responsible for researching and providing notes for each site where a development is proposed.  If the project moves forward, formal conditions of approval are provided and finally, civil plans are reviewed to assure city standards and satisfied.  After the plans are approved for construction, Development Review inspectors inspect each project to assure safety and city standards are incorporated into the construction of the project.

Development Review also provides estimates for connecting to utilities (water and sewer), processes and administers latecomer agreements, collects and reviews required development documents (right-of-way dedication, easements, stormwater maintenance agreements, power of attorney for annexation and stormwater facility summary forms). Development Review must also inspect all right-of-way access permits and provides inspection assistance for erosion control.

Throughout the process, Development Review’s goal is to make the development process an efficient and positive experience. 

Department Staff