The Public Works Office is located in the basement of City Hall, 216 Walnut Street (3rd & Walnut), Texarkana, Arkansas 71854-6024. Phone: 870.779.4977 or 870.779.4971 Fax: 870.773.2395
The Public Works Department, under the supervision of the Public Works Director, is composed of eight (8) divisions: Refuse, Streets, Building Maintenance, Parks, Environmental Maintenance, Code Enforcement, Planning, and Engineering. Public Works construction activities are coordinated and monitored by the Director of Public Works. The City’s solid waste collection is a responsibility of the Public Works Department.
The Refuse Division, under the supervision of the Public Works Director, is responsible for the managing and promoting the City’s recycling program. The Refuse Operator I (recycling) assists the Public Works staff in developing a recycling program that will generate revenue and become self-sustaining. Responsibilities include assisting in locating and writing grants, preparing hauler billing and audit reports, and creating an educational outreach program. The focus of this division is to enhance recycling awareness, opportunities, and participation in the community. This includes providing receptacles for recycling, separating and baling material, and working with businesses and residents to encourage participation.
The Streets Division, under the supervision of the Street Superintendent, is responsible for the maintenance of over 300 miles of streets, over 34 miles of major drainage ditches, and numerous miles of drainage facilities within the public right of way. The Streets Department provides maintenance of existing subdivision streets, as well as replacement of those streets which are failing. It also provides for the repair of utility street cuts and street sweeping. The traffic control group within the Streets Department installs and maintains street signs and traffic signals, paints center lines, edges lines along roads, and maintains all City-owned street lighting. This division provides housing demolition when private property owners do not comply with City codes.
The focus of this division is to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Texarkana by providing normal street and drainage maintenance activities including street cleaning, street repair, street resurfacing, bridge repair, ditch-digging/cleaning, rights-of-way mowing and cleaning, and tree trimming. It is also responsible for removal of debris placed along the public right of way. In the event of winter storms, the Streets Division is responsible for clearing snow and ice from City roadways. Included among the responsibilities of the Street Division is also the responsibility for quality of life enhancements through the installation and repair of traffic signs, as well as traffic control pavement markings on City streets.
PUBLIC WORKS STREET REHABILITATION PROGRAM
Due to the current state of our city streets Public Works will begin to implement a new street rehabilitation plan “ONE STREET AT A TIME” starting in 2019. Over the years the City of Texarkana, Arkansas has budgeted small amounts of money to rehabilitate sections on multiple streets in order to complete as much rehabilitation as possible with the minimal amount of funds the city has to work with. This tactic has become insufficient to address our current needs, and the days of chasing small sections are over. When the city allocates funds to complete only a small section of roadway, focus is directed away from quality of construction and placed upon completing as much roadway as possible. This plan not only decreases the longevity of the newly rehabilitated roadway but also does not address the entire scope of insufficient roadway. The plan of phasing out street rehabilitation projects over multiple years will no longer be implemented. The Public Works Department has now decided to allocate the full $150,000 (approximate) amount for street rehabilitation to a single project per year rather than 3 or 4 smaller projects. This approach will allow us to focus on the issue causing the roadway to fail initially which will yield a new street system in which street integrity is maintained for much longer periods of time. Many of our city streets currently in substandard condition are due to drainage and street subgrade issues. In order to sufficiently rehabilitate a roadway these issues must be addressed prior to paving of the road. The projects will be conducted in a prioritized fashion based upon street condition and use. The City has consulted with outside experts to create a street pavement rating report which will be utilized to start this plan. The street ranking list will be updated annually to accurately reflect the current state of our streets.
Implementation of the revitalized plan will not in any way take away from regular street maintenance. Public Works will continue to dedicate a crew to patching potholes and other typical maintenance items. In fact, this plan will create a change for the better within our street maintenance procedures. Upon establishing new quality streets with the new plan, a maintenance regiment will be implemented on the new streets in the form of crack seal or slurry seal to keep our high-quality streets operating at their full potential. Eventually we expect to see a shift from chasing potholes to conducting preventative measures before the street condition reaches that point.
The City will also continue to apply for outside funding to add to the street projects that will be completed with city funds.
The City of Texarkana, Arkansas’ ultimate goal is to create and maintain safe and accessible transportation routes for our citizens. The City is dedicated to the implementation of this plan and is extremely excited for the future quality of our city’s infrastructure system.
The Building Maintenance Division, under the supervision of the Building Maintenance Superintendent, is responsible for the maintenance of twelve (12) City buildings. In addition, it is responsible for custodial services in City Hall. The 12 buildings include five (5) fire stations, four (4) neighborhood centers, City Hall, Street Division Workshop, and the Animal Care and Adoption Center. The Building Maintenance Division’s mission is to provide a safe, comfortable work environment for City employees while delivering all maintenance and preventative maintenance needed to extend the life of City-owned buildings and service locations. The department is also responsible for maintaining the aesthetics of City property.
The Parks Division, under the supervision of the Parks Superintendent, is responsible for maintaining 24 parks, which encompasses over 235 acres, and one swimming pool. The Parks Division strives to create a meaningful parks system that provides quality leisure services and promotes the natural environment and the health of the community, while also strengthening the diversity of a democratic society. The Parks and Recreation Division’s mission is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for citizens of Texarkana to gather and relax while enjoying the outside environment. This department focuses on maintaining the parks through scheduled cuttings, refuse collection, and general all-round cleaning, while also developing close working relations with local organizations to prepare the parks for upcoming events.
The Environmental Maintenance Division, under the supervision of the Street superintendent, is responsible for enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Texarkana by providing a safe environment through the control of pests, discarded refuse, and overgrowth on abandoned properties. This division enhances the quality of life for the citizens of Texarkana by the cutting of weeds and high grass on streets and drainage rights-of-way, mosquito control, and the removal of trees in the ROW. In addition, this division is responsible for weed abatement.
The City Planning Division, under the supervision of the City Planner/Historic Preservation Officer, is responsible for the comprehensive planning process (long range planning) of the City and, in that regard, administers the land regulation ordinances. On a day-to-day basis (short term planning), the Planning Division prepares and proce sses all rezoning applications, subdivision plat reviews, street/easement abandonments, and conditional use permits that are heard by the Planning Commission each month. In addition, this division researches and prepares related ordinance revisions and special requests by the Board of Directors such as street renaming, establishment of economic development districts, and development of preservation guidelines. The Planning Division’s focus is to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Texarkana by providing a division which encourages quality growth, development and redevelopment, and the stabilization of neighborhoods through a concentrated effort of planning, land use controls, Historic Preservation, permitting and enforcement.
The Code Enforcement Division, under the supervision of the Chief Building Official, is responsible for assuring and protecting the public’s life, health, safety, and welfare through enforcement of codes and ordinances of the City. Building and construction permits are issued in the Public Works Office. In addition to enforcing the building, plumbing, mechanical, gas, electrical, and swimming pool codes, inspectors enforce environmental test codes and ordinances pertaining to substandard structures, zoning regulations, weed abatement, and nuisances, such as trash, litter, and abandoned vehicles. The department processes request for variances heard by the Board of Adjustments.
The Code Enforcement Division is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Texarkana through enforcement of City adopted codes and ordinances. These codes are based on the Arkansas Fire Code which has incorporated the International Building Codes, as well as the International Property Codes. The City of Texarkana has also adopted its own ordinances, which the Enforcement Division enforces, such as specifying the limits of construction activities on lots, amount of overgrowth on property, non-operable vehicles, etc. By carrying out these codes and ordinances, the citizens are assured of maintaining their investments in their property, as well as their community.
The Engineering Division, under the supervision of the Public Works Director, is responsible for maintaining, updating, and producing all city maps. The department also maintains records of subdivision plats, right-of-way/easement abandonments, address assignments, and performs minor drafting duties for the City. The Engineering Division works closely with the Planning Division and other government agencies, such as Miller County, Arkansas Highway Department, Texarkana Metropolitan Organization, and Chamber of Commerce in order to keep the maps up to date. Map maintenance and updates are made through the use of two types of engineering and GIS software, AutoCAD Map and ArcMap. The focus of this division is to maintain and improve the accuracy of City mapping information and to provide the best possible mapping information to the citizens and businesses on zoning, lot size, flood plain, city limits, right-of-way, etc.
|Tyler Richards||Public Works Director||(870) 779-4975|
|Tim Carter||Public Works Superintendent||(870) 772-9591|
|Tracie Lee||Assistant Public Works Director||(870) 779-1354|
|Bria Page||Public Works Administrative Assistant||(870) 779-4971|
|Tevin Neighbors||Public Works Administrative Assistant||(870) 779-4977|
|Shawn Maxey||Interim Building Official||(870) 779-4955|
|Ross Cowling||Parks & Recreation Superintendent||(870) 779-4943|
|Rick Garner||Engineering Technician||(870) 779-4978|
|Shawn Maxey||Electrical Inspector||(870) 779-4979|
|Jory Moore||Plumbing Inspector||(870) 779-4980|
|Brian Nolte||Code Enforcement||(870) 779-4976|
|Malisa Revill||Code Enforcement||(870) 779-4988|
|William Greer||Maintenance||(870) 779-4981|
|Mary Beck||City Planner||(870) 779-4944|
|Vacant||Planning Assistant||(870) 779-4974|
|Brandy Chewning||Recycling Coordinator||(870) 779-4946|