Public Works Department

Overview

The Public Works Department is comprised of two Divisions:
  • Engineering which includes planning, implementation, and administration of the Five-Year Public Works Capital Improvement Program, technical and professional engineering regarding transportation, geometric design, drainage, County's Pavement Management Program, maintenance of the Department's Geographic Information System (GIS), management of roadway and building construction projects, stormwater basin studies and capital projects, coordination of the utility and driveway permit process, maintenance of all County-owned buildings and parks and management of the County's Local Agency Program certification with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
  • Operations which includes repair/maintenance of County roads, signs, signals, canals, drainage systems, driveway/culvert repair, repair and maintenance of all guardrail and bridges, adopt-a-highway program, transit, mosquito control, vehicle and equipment maintenance and receipt of household waste and recyclables at the Citizens' drop-Off Area (CDA).  In addition, the Operations Division manages the operation and maintenance of the County's traffic signals, warning beacons and school flashing lights.

The Sumter County Public Works Department became the 107th public works accredited agency out of the 40,000 eligible agencies throughout the United States and Canada.  Accreditation is the review process whereby public works peers review all aspects of an agency's work which includes documentation of an agency's practices/policies, enhanced succession planning, continuity of operations, gains in agency efficiency and effectiveness as well as strides in continuous departmental improvement through the re-accreditation process every four years.

The Sumter County Public Works Team strives to improve the overall quality of life within the County through the development of a superior infrastructure. In order to contribute to the physical, social and economic growth of the County, the Public Works Employee Team provides services of the highest quality in the areas of engineering, environmental quality, traffic control, construction management, inspection and surveying, street, animal services and facilities and parks services.

The Department is committed through strong leadership to the enhancement of quality of the environment through the application of innovative management practices, the use of state-of-the art technology, sound conservation principles, and public participation and teamwork.

Understanding that what we do today will affect generations to come and drives our employees to work beyond their normal assignments to improve Sumter County for our children. We strive to give our employees every opportunity to develop and improve themselves.

Mission


The mission of the Department is to strive for operational efficiency and sustain a commitment of excellence to ensure the protection of public health, safety, and the welfare of the citizens of Sumter County.

Americans With Disabilities Act Coordinator & Information


In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Sumter County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.
  • Employment: Sumter County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the ADA.
  • Effective Communication: Sumter County will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communications for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in Sumter County’s programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing or vision impairments.
  • Modifications to Policies and Procedures: Sumter County will make all reasonable modifications to policies or procedures to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcome in Sumter County’s facilities/properties, even where pets are generally prohibited.

Accommodations


Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity of Sumter County, should contact the County’s ADA Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Contact information for the ADA Coordinator is as follows:
Richard Baier
ADA Coordinator 
 Email
 
7375 Powell Road
Wildwood, FL 34785 
Ph: 352-689-6700
Fx: 352-689-6701
 
The ADA does not require Sumter County to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden. Complaints that a program, service or activity of Sumter County is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the ADA Coordinator as listed above.

Sumter County will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids / services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.

Additional ADA Resources


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