Physical Address: 712-A Pine Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1800, Ocean Springs, MS 39565
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
The Public Works Department is under the leadership of André Kaufman. Mr. Kaufman is a veteran of service to Ocean Springs, beginning with his tenure as an Alderman from 1977 to 1981 and again from 1985 to 1989. He became Director of Public Works in May 1998 after years of consultant development work.
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Public Works Department Responsibilities
The Public Works Department is organized into 7 sub-departments which address its primary responsibilities: Water, Sewer, Streets, Drainage, Maintenance, Beautification and Mechanics. The Department’s primary responsibilities are:
- Maintenance of lights, streets, Highway 90 flags, signs, piers, boat ramps, water meters, water towers, wells, sewer pump stations, medians, city landscaping, and holiday decorations
- Maintenance of all City buildings
- Operation and maintenance of the City sewage system. Sewage is transported to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Waste Water Authority treatment facility seven miles north of the City. Ocean Springs is the only entity on the Gulf Coast that does not deposit treated sewage to waterways.
- Review of proposed commercial properties and subdivisions
- Special event set-up, break-down, maintenance, and traffic control for gatherings such as The Elk’s Lodge Mardi Gras Parade, Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center events, Cruisin’ the Coast, and the Peter Anderson Festival
- Operation of a fleet of vehicles that includes two curbside trash trucks, six backhoes, one track hoe, twenty-six pickup trucks, six dump trucks, five bobcats on trailers, five bush hog tractors, two sewage cleaning trucks, and one bucket truck.
- Grounds maintenance of the Evergreen and Bellande cemeteries
- Disaster preparedness
- Drainage and storm water runoff control
- Landscaping at City facilities, streets and right of ways
Department Employees – The People Who Get the Job Done
The Department has 42 employees who service 8400 water and sewer customers and 186 miles of streets within the City limits. In addition to their regular duties, Department personnel must be available 24 hours every day to deal with unexpected problems. For approximately one year after Hurrican Katrina, ten inmates from the Mississippi Department of Corrections are working to clear drainways.
A review of the Department in 2004 found that the average Public Works employee was 36 years of age and was married with two children. He or she completed at least one year of college and had worked with the City of Ocean Springs for an average of 12 years.
Significant current projects handled by the Public Works Department include:
- Extending Government Street sidewalk to Ocean Springs Middle School at Hanshaw Road.
- Rebuilding drainage and sidewalks on Front Beach.
- Constructed a new parking lot on Government Street.
- Extended Water and Sewer on both sides of U.S. 90, North Highway 57 and Ocean Springs Road. (approximately 22,000 FT)
- Completion of fixed base, remote read and electronic water meters.
- Replacing water mains on Linda Circle, Kensington and Hickory.
- Rebuilding major drainways; Woodhaven, Sussex, Trentwood, Arbor Vista, Ocean-Washington with Pat Harrison Waterway Funding Match.
- Overlaid 11 City Streets.
- Perfect 5.0 rated water system by State Health Department for 11 straight years.
Garbage Pickup and Recycling
Garbage pickup and recycling are handled by Waste Pro. Contact them at 818.5393 to report problems or to request a recycling bin for new accounts.