The Engineering Department is responsible for providing technical support to all other City Departments. It also provides technical assistance to the general public in residential, commercial and industrial capacities. It also acts as a liaison with other municipal, state, and federal regulatory agencies such as the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Engineering Department is also responsible for:
- Water and Sanitary Sewer Systems Extension Designs
The City of St. Marys contracts out most of the larger water and sanitary sewer system extension design projects to engineering firms. However, the remaining extensions are handled by the Engineering Department or by engineering firms working for land developers. All water and sanitary sewer extensions to City of St. Marys system must be approved by both the Environmental Protection Division and the Engineering Department.
- Storm Drainage
All storm drainage designs, installations or modifications within the City’s limits must be approved by the Engineering Department. This includes residential, commercial and industrial. The City has adopted a Storm Water Master Plan. This Master Plan outlines several areas within the City that are in need of upgrades to the existing drainage system. Several of the smaller projects have been completed by the Public Works Department Street and Road Crews. The City recently completed the first major project as determined by the Master Plan - the first phase of the Downtown Drainage Improvement Project.
- City Projects
Many of the City Projects are designed and the specifications and contract documents written by the Engineering Department. However, most major City Projects are typically designed by outside specialty firms. All Public Works Project plans and specifications must be reviewed and approved by the Engineering Department. The Engineering Department also handles construction inspection on all Public Works projects and contract administration on select projects.
- Plan Review
All site development plans, construction plans and specifications concerning water, sanitary sewer, streets and drainage must be reviewed and approved by the Engineering Department for all residential, commercial and industrial developments. All site development plans should be submitted to the office of the Building and Planning Department.
- Construction Inspection
The Engineering Department shall conduct construction inspections on all projects involving water, wastewater, storm drainage, streets, erosion and sedimentation control measures and driveway culverts. All installations must meet the applicable requirements of the “Public Works Policies and Specifications Manual”, current edition. The current edition of the "Public Works Policies and Specification Manual" can be downloaded Here (Adobe Reader is required)
- Site Inspections
The Engineering Department also assists the Building and Planning Department with inspections of the site improvements for commercial construction. It is responsible for inspections of the water, sanitary sewer, lot grading, and storm water drainage improvements. It is also responsible for inspecting the erosion and sedimentation control measures and state water buffer delineation and enforcement.
- Public Works Policies Enforcement
The Engineering Department is responsible for the enforcement of the policies found in the “Public Works Policies and Specifications Manual” as well as other local, state and federal laws and regulations. The current edition of the "Public Works Policies and Specification Manual" can be downloaded Here (Adobe Reader is required)
- Erosion and Sedimentation Control Enforcement
The City of St. Marys is a local issuing authority for land disturbance activities withing the city limits. All soil erosion and sedimentation control plans will be reviewed and approved by the Satilla River Soil and Water Conservation District before a permit for land disturbance will be issued. The Engineering Department is responsible for the enforcement City of St. Marys “Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance". The current "Soil and Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance" is available Here (Adobe Reader is required)
- Public Relations
The Engineering Department also handles technical public relations. The Department responds to questions or concerns of a technical nature on issues such as but not limited to drainage, streets, water, sanitary sewer, right-of-ways, easements, and construction procedures.