Public Works

The City of La Grande Public Works Department consists of six Divisions that include Engineering, Motor Pool, Streets, Water, Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment.  The Department has 30 full-time employees.

The staff maintains a water system that complies with the EPA and Division of Health requirements. Staff also maintains the Wastewater Collection system and Wastewater Treatment facilities to meet DEQ standards. These same employees provide sewer and water line construction and maintenance to the City’s transportation system (i.e.: streets, sidewalks, bicycle paths, storm-sewer systems and other infrastructure within the City).

The Department works with other utilities, developers and property owners in addressing utility issues, public improvements, subdivision development, local improvement districts and other municipal projects. The Department also maintains a set of Standard Specifications for providing uniform procedures for the installation, manufacture and delivery of materials and equipment for construction projects.

Commissions Supporting Public Works

Air Quality Commission

Parking - Traffic Safety - Street Maintenance Advisory Commission

staff photo - 2010 - public works department

  Public Works Staff





The City crews will be placing asphalt overlays on the following streets until funds are depleted:

Second Street, Y Ave. to Freeway - Completed 2012

Penn Street, Sixth St. to Fourth St. - Completed 2012

U Avenue, Spruce St. to Pine St. - Completed 2012

J Avenue, 12th St. to 14th St.

V Avenue, Depot St. to Fir St. - Completed 2012

O Avenue, Washington St. to 6th St.

Cherry Street, Cove Ave. to Railroad Tracks

The above projects are listed in priority order and are funded entirely with Street User Fees, which have a limited budget each year.  Although it is projected that Public Works will be able to proceed with construction on each street in 2012, it may be necessary to delay construction until 2013 due to funding availability and adverse weather conditions.  

If you have questions regarding these anticipated projects within the City of La Grande, please contact Norm Paullus at (541) 962-1325.