The Department of Public Works is primarily responsible for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all the physical structures and facilities which are owned and maintained by the Township. The Department is responsible for compliance with the US EPA National Pollution Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Program in the inspection, testing, and maintenance of all storm sewer outfalls throughout the Township and upholding the high integrity of clean stormwater discharging into the nearby creeks. Furthermore, the Department oversees all residential trash and recycling collection operations.
The Department of Public Works is broken down into seven divisions:
Dan Lutz is a licensed Professional Engineer and serves as Director of Public Works and Township Engineer. Dan has lived in Upper Darby for over thirty years and served as Assistant Township Engineer from 1982 to 1986, before leaving to establish a consulting engineering firm.
Dan brings over twenty-five years of experience in private business to the Public Works Department with a focus on management leadership, infrastructure and program analysis and enhancement.
He received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Widener University.
The Highway Roads and Bridge Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for the physical maintenance of all Township roadways; i.e., roadway repair, snow removal, de-icing of roads, and providing barricades for road closures. This Division is also responsible for maintaining the structural integrity and repair of all Township vehicular and pedestrian bridges.
The Highway Street Signs and Traffic Marking Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for the installation or removal and maintenance of all signage on the public right-of-way. The Division also conducts painting of pavement markings on all local and permitted streets and municipal lots.
The Sanitation Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for the operation of the pick-up and safe disposal of trash and single stream recycling. Trash pick-up is collected once a week throughout the year and twice a week pick-up during a period of time in the summer. Single stream recycling is collected on a weekly basis throughout the year. Yard waste and Christmas tree collections are other collections scheduled on certain days during the year. The Sanitation Division also provides the daily service of scheduled bulk pick-up for each resident within the Township.
The Highway Street Cleaning Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for the sweeping, removal and safe disposal of debris from the Township.
The Sewer Construction Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for the construction and repair of the Township's storm and sanitary sewer system and public facilities.
The Sewer Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for the inspection, cleaning, and maintenance of the Township's storm and sanitary sewer system. The Sewer Maintenance Division is available 24/7 to respond to emergency 911 calls during the night due to sewer back-ups or overflows stemming from the Township's sewer mains. The Township consists of approximately 100 miles of sanitary sewers and approximately 90 miles of storm sewers and stream channels.
The Vehicle Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for the inspection, repair and maintenance of all municipal owned and operated vehicles. The Vehicle Maintenance Division also services the Township's gasoline and diesel fueling stations.
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