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Posted on: May 4, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Public Works' Week in Review for May 4, 2023

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The Public Works Department is made up of various sub-departments including Fleet, Line Repair, Streets/Stormwater and Traffic, Wastewater, and Water. Each week, over 100 employees are responsible for the maintenance, monitoring, and improvement of existing and new infrastructure across League City which includes everything from roadways and traffic lights to storm drains, sewers, and water production.

Below are some tips and projects they are working on:

Annual Outfall Inspections of the City’s Drainage System

Stormwater crews are scheduled to begin the annual outfall inspections prior to the 2023 hurricane season. This task is done every year to inspect and monitor our major drainage outfalls throughout the City (approximately 40 miles) to ensure that the City’s drainage system is performing at an optimal level. We also inspect outfall structures for damages so we are aware of problems early on so we can plan for proper repairs. 

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Confined Space Entry Training 

Public Works has been collaborating with Fire Department to ensure a safe working environment while performing manhole entries. After a thorough evaluation of the City’s sanitary sewer infrastructure, we are making necessary repairs that were identified through the evaluation. While some of the repairs to the infrastructure are simple, other repairs require entry into confined spaces with hazardous gases and conditions.

The Fire Dept. and EMS will be aware of those critical location entries and will have a representative on site to ensure the safety in these extreme conditions. Navigating the planning stages for these repairs is key for conducting safe entries; from education and training, coordination and ensuring all repair materials are onsite. Together we have created a working plan to keep our citizens and employees safe.

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Annual Spill Prevention Control Countermeasures (SPCC) Training

The Wastewater Department completed their Annual Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) training for all employees. The training was instructed by the Wastewater Departments Lab Supervisor/Pretreatment Coordinator and Maintenance Supervisor. Topics include locations of stored fuel, routine inspections, secondary containment, oil/fuel storage containers, spill prevention and response, and discharge prevention measures. This ensures sites are safe and secure to employees and the public.

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Grapple Truck Repairs

The 2011 International Grapple Truck was brought into fleet on April 24 for hydraulic repairs, resealing a pump and a complete PTO replacement.  Once the parts are delivered, technicians will perform the necessary repairs and get this unit back in service just in time for hurricane season. This vehicle is used by the Public Works Streets Department’s Rapid Response Crew for loading and hauling bulky waste and can also provide powerful and effective waste removal services – especially after a severe storm or hurricane. 

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Lady Beetle (aka “Lady Bug”)

  • Colors and spot patterns vary, depending on species
  • Beneficial: Natural predators—both larvae and adults use chewing mouthparts to feed on aphids, scales, mites, caterpillar eggs, and other soft-bodied insects

Check out the following website for more information on Lady Beetles:

A Orangish red colored ladybug with black round spots on a green leaf

A black colored ladybug with red spots on tree bark

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