Department of Public Works

The Department of Public Works is responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of all municipal infrastructure (excluding water, wastewater, and electrical systems), and does include streets, alleys, buildings, bridges, waterways, the municipal airport, and any other physical infrastructure in the city.

The Department is overseen by the Public Works Director, who also serves as the City Engineer.  The Public Works Director is appointed by and reports directly to the city manager.  The Public Works Director oversees the following functions:  (i) Building Inspections, (ii) Engineering, (iii) Streets, (iv) Inspections, and (v) Planning and Zoning.  View Hannibal's Comprehensive Plan.

The Department of Public Works develops, maintains, and implements street reconstruction and maintenance schedules, oversees street and infrastructure design, conducts review of any building and infrastructure plans, oversees construction and contracting operations, performs construction inspections, and develops long-range infrastructure plans.  Infrastructure may specifically include concrete and asphalt streets, street signage, gutters, curbs, creek erosion, ditching and creek control, and underground storm water lines.

The Department of Public Works also advises the City Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council on how best to preserve and protect the existing residential and business communities. The Department is responsible for administering the City’s adopted ordinances relating to zoning, subdivision, signage, and other land use regulations.  Through the administration of such ordinances, the City hopes to plan and guide the development, redevelopment, and growth of the City, and to encourage high standards of architectural, site, traffic, and other quality-of-life issues.

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