About Public Works

Collage of Public Works services.Department Fast Facts

  • Annually operates and maintains 135 traffic control signals, repairs over 37,000 traffic signs, and stripes nearly 600 lane miles
  • Coordinates snow removal on 675 lane miles of high-priority emergency routes
  • Employs about 250 people in 7 divisions
  • Has an annual budget of about $50 million, or 19% of the general fund budget
  • Maintains 54 publicly-owned city buildings
Public Works and Environmental Services achieved accreditation from the American Public Works Association (APWA) in June 2013. The APWA accreditation program recognizes governmental agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry. Public Works and Environmental Services received the accreditation award as presented by APWA Board Director, Region VI Larry Stevens, P.E., PWLF, at a presentation ceremony at city council.
APWA Award
The APWA accreditation indicates that Public Works and Environmental Services staff are dedicated to concepts of continuous improvement and in-depth self-assessment of department policies, procedures, and practices. "We are now 1 of 85 public works agencies in the United States and Canada and 4 in Missouri that have this accreditation," said Public Works Director Phil Broyles, in a staff memo. "Fewer than 1% of all agencies qualify for this accreditation."