The Engineering Department is responsible for design and construction administration of public improvement projects, private improvement projects and site developments in accordance with city standards and good engineering practices. The improvements include water main, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, streets, sidewalks and street lighting.
The Engineering Department insures that the City receives a comprehensive transportation and utility system that is the most efficient and cost effective for the community. The department provides coordination between the City and its consultants, contractors, developers, adjacent cities, private utilities, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hennepin County Public Works Department, Health Department, Metropolitan Council including the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, Department of Natural Resources, Pollution Control Agency and Metropolitan Transit Commission.
The City Engineer also serves on the Elm Creek and West Mississippi Watershed Commissions and the Interregional Transportation Corridor Committee on TH169. The department also manages the Municipal State Aid System, which provides financial assistance for the construction of collector type streets in the city.
The Engineering Department, in cooperation with the Public Works Department, is responsible for the pavement management system. The purpose of the pavement management system is to insure the quality of the city's streets for the foreseeable future through the seal coating, overlays, and reconstruction program. The department also confers with and provides technical engineering advice to other departments, the City Council and the community. Administration of special assessments for imrovement projects and as-built records of municipal improvements are also responsibilities of this department.