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Public Works
(615) 384-2746
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General Information
Public Works/Street & Drainage
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Welcome to the City of Springfield Public Works Department’s web page. The Springfield Public Works Department’s goal is to provide the best and most efficient service to all residents and businesses.

Our normal hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 7:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., emergency service is available 24 hours a day, and capable of responding to a variety of situations.

 


 


Public Works/
Street & Drainage

(615) 384.2746
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GENERAL

The primary responsibility of the division is the maintenance of the city streets and storm water drainage system.  Services provided under street maintenance include patching and repairing damaged streets; repaving existing streets; constructing new streets; repairing shoulders; mowing, clearing, and cleaning rights-of-way; sweeping streets; maintaining curbs; repairing and constructing sidewalks; and removing ice, snow, limbs and debris.  In addition, the division helps with traffic control maintenance by installing traffic signs and street signs, and by painting or installing stop bars and striping.  The division is also responsible for driveway construction inspection.

Drainage services include cleaning and grading open ditches; cleaning underground storm water systems and culverts; maintaining, repairing and constructing storm water inlets, structures and catch basins; inspecting and maintaining bridges; redesigning and reconstructing existing drainage systems; and administering the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Phase II permit program.

TO REPORT A PROBLEM OR REQUEST A SERVICE
Please contact the Street and Drainage Division during regular business hours to report a problem or to request a service by dialing (615) 384-2746. Regular business hours for the division are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Your assistance in making us aware of problems is always appreciated. Typical examples of problems or requests for service include such things as potholes, ditches needing to be cleaned, clogged storm drains, fallen trees or limbs on streets and sidewalks, erosion control, utility cut repairs, driveway permits and inspections, and the replacement of traffic control or street identification signs that have been damaged or are missing.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE
The employees of the Street and Drainage Division are on call twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.  After hours emergencies can be reported by dialing (615) 384-2746.

NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NPDES), PHASE II
The City of Springfield is required to meet and enforce the storm water management regulations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Phase II permit program as authorized by the Clean Water Act. The NPDES permit program controls waste pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities.

Under the NPDES, Phase II program the Street and Drainage Division is responsible for overseeing the proper maintenance, construction and inspection of all storm drainage systems within the city limits. The duties of the division include repairing or replacing damaged drainage structures, maintaining catch basins, cleaning storm water sewers and redesigning and reconstructing existing drainage systems. Improvements are also made to existing systems to improve drainage in flood prone areas.

TO REPORT STORMWATER POLLUTION
PLEASE DIAL (615) 384-2746


EXCAVATION IN CITY STREETS
It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, association, or others to make any excavation in any street, alley, public place or city right-of-way, or to tunnel under any street, alley, public place or city right-of-way without first having obtained a permit from the Public Works Department. An application for a permit must be accompanied by a cash deposit, certified cashier's check or non-refundable letter of credit to the City of Springfield. The deposit shall be a minimum of five hundred dollars ($500.00) which can be raised to an amount adequate to cover the cost of restoration. In lieu of a deposit, the applicant may deposit with the Public Works Department a surety bond in such form and amount as the Public Works Department shall deem adequate to cover the costs to the municipality if the applicant fails to make proper restoration.

In addition to making the deposit or giving the bond required to ensure that the proper restoration is made, each person applying for an excavation permit must file a certificate of insurance indicating that he is insured against claims for damages or personal injury as well as against claims for property damage which may arise from or out of the performance of the work.

DRIVEWAY PERMITS
The division issues driveway permits and performs related inspections for residential and commercial lots within the city limits. Any person considering performing any driveway construction within the right-of-way or in any easement must obtain a permit before the work can be performed. There is no cost for the permit.

The driveway site is monitored by the Public Works Department's construction inspector before, during and after construction to ensure compliance with City specifications. If a contractor is in violation of City specifications, the construction inspector has the authority to require the contractor to stop work and correct the situation before work can resume.

Please call the Public Works Department Office at (615) 384-2746 to complete an application for a driveway permit.


PARADE PERMITS
It is unlawful to parade within the City of Springfield without first obtaining a permit from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The definition of "parade" under the Springfield Municipal Code includes any meeting, parade, demonstration, exhibition, festival, homecoming, assembly, or other such events to be held in, upon, or along any city street, or on any other city owned outdoor public place. The ordinance does not apply to funeral processions and park lands excluding the street, avenues or rights-of-way therein.

Any person seeking issuance of a parade permit must file an application with the City Recorder on forms provided by the City Recorder. The City Recorder will place the request for a parade permit on the agenda for the next meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for possible approval. The application for a parade permit must be filed in writing with the City Recorder not less than thirty (30) days prior to the contemplated parade and a minimum of five (5) working days prior to any regularly scheduled or called meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

STATE HIGHWAYS WITHIN THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD
Highway 41 (Memorial Boulevard), Highway 431 (Tom Austin Highway), Highway 49 (5th Avenue) and Highway 76 are all roads maintained by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Please call the Tennessee Department of Transportation at (615) 382-2416 or the Public Works Department at (615) 384-2746 to report conditions that need attention on these highways. The Street and Drainage Division will try to assist in correcting the problem or refer the problem to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

SNOW REMOVAL
The performance of snow removal is determined largely by the severity of the snow or ice storm. The Public Works Department has a priority list of streets that will receive service first in the event of a snow or ice storm due to the fact that the streets are arterial or collector streets, critical for public safety response, or hilly and potentially unsafe.

ANNUAL STREET REPAVING PROGRAM
The Street and Drainage Division has a street repaving program that is funded in the City of Springfield annual budget and is paid for with a combination of State of Tennessee street aid revenue and general fund revenue. Streets are selected for repaving on a priority basis as determined by surface condition, traffic flow and safety.

CONTACT
Department of Public Works
Street and Drainage Division
2809 Clinard Drive
Springfield, Tennessee 37172
Telephone: (615) 384-2746
Fax: (615) 382-2205
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Allan Ellis, PE, Director of Public Works
Tony Choate, Operations Superintendent

 

 


Public Works/
Sanitation
(615) 384-2746
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GENERAL
All persons within the city limits are required to keep their premises in a clean and sanitary condition, free from accumulations of refuse. All owners or tenants of residential units are required to accept and pay for refuse collection service as provided by the City of Springfield and all owners of commercial units are required to either contract for refuse collection service or accept and pay for refuse collection service as provided by the city.

HOW TO INITIATE SANITATION SERVICE
The City of Springfield is a full service city that provides water, wastewater, electric, gas and sanitation utility services which are collectively billed on one monthly statement as a convenience to our customers. New service can be initiated by visiting the new services window on the first floor of City Hall, completing an application, and paying all service fees and deposits. City Hall is located at 405 North Main Street and the telephone number is (615) 382-2200.

RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION
The City of Springfield provides refuse carts to all residential customers and services residential customers once a week.  The usual household waste is to be placed in the cart.  Only refuse disposed of in the cart is collected, with the exception that extra household refuse generated due to holidays, visitors, parties and similar events and that is placed in a plastic garbage bag next to the cart may be picked up on an occasional basis.  Refuse placed in privately owned containers, cans or carts will not be collected.  Additional refuse that overflows the cart or is left on or around the cart on a regular basis will not be picked up.  If the practice of leaving excess waste in and around the refuse cart continues, the city at its discretion may provide an additional refuse cart at the residence and increase the sanitation rate accordingly.

The current rate for residential refuse collection is twelve dollars ($12.00) per month.

If you need to know your collection day, please call the Public Works Department at (615) 384-2746.

COMMERCIAL REFUSE PICKED UP RESIDENTIALLY
The City of Springfield at its discretion provides residential refuse collection service to small commercial customers. The City provides refuse carts to all commercial customers picked up residentially and services such commercial customers one (1) or two (2) times per week, depending on each small commercial customer's preference. All refuse must be placed in the refuse cart for collection. The City will not pick up additional refuse on or around the refuse cart. If excess waste is placed around the refuse cart, the City at its discretion may provide an additional cart which must be purchased by the customer and the customer's sanitation rate will be increased accordingly. The cost of an additional refuse cart will be the same price as paid by the City when purchased from the supplier.

The current rates for commercial refuse picked up residentially are seventeen dollars ($17.00) per month for once a week service and twenty-three dollars ($23.00) per month for twice a week service.

If you need to know your collection day(s), please call the Public Works Department at (615) 384-2746.

REFUSE COLLECTION FOR COMMERCIAL UNITS
All commercial units not picked up residentially shall place all refuse in a city approved dumpster or roll-off container provided by a private refuse collection company, and shall maintain the dumpster or roll-off container and the surrounding area in a clean, neat, and sanitary condition. All dumpsters and roll-off containers are to be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis and shall not be filled to overflowing.

All dumpsters and roll-off containers are to be located at the rear of the property and shall be enclosed from sight in accordance with Public Works Department specifications. All private refuse collection companies shall have valid permits or licenses to do business within the city.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Refuse collection days may change due to holidays observed by the City or because of inclement weather. If a holiday is observed on your collection day, the cart will be serviced on Wednesday in the week in which the holiday occurs.

Read the Robertson County Times, listen to WDBL radio or watch community access cable channel 3 to be informed of schedule changes.

The City of Springfield observes the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

PLACEMENT AND CARE OF REFUSE CARTS
All residential customers and small commercial customers picked up residentially must place their refuse carts at curbside or at the edge of the street no later than 5:30 a.m. on the day of collection.  The cart should be placed so that the short bar faces toward the street.  Do not place the cart near vehicles, trees, poles, fences, mail boxes, fire hydrants and other obstructions, or in a ditch.

As soon as practical, after the refuse cart has been emptied, it must be removed by the owner or occupant to the rear of the premises and away from the street or alley until the next scheduled time for collection.

Each owner, occupant or other responsible person must keep the refuse cart clean and sanitary in compliance with health and sanitation requirements.  The container lids on all carts must be securely closed at all times.

HAZARDOUS WASTE PROHIBITED
It is unlawful to dispose of hazardous waste items through the city refuse collection system. Hazardous waste is defined as corrosive, flammable, toxic, chemical, solvent or reactive materials used in the home, vehicle, lawn, and garden that can contaminate soil and water when disposed along with non-toxic waste. Examples of hazardous waste include, but are not limited to, asbestos, medical waste, paint products, household cleaners, vehicle products, home maintenance or improvement products, lawn and garden products, pesticides, batteries, intact drums and/or cylinders, and commercial or industrial waste.

Used Oil Collection Center
The Vehicle Maintenance Division of the Public Works Department is a state approved used oil collection center. Vehicle Maintenance personnel will collect used oil from residents of Springfield only. There is a five (5) gallon limit and no other fluids can be mixed with the used oil. Used oil can be delivered to the Public Works Department, Vehicle Maintenance Division Shop at 2809 Clinard Drive.

The Tennessee Used Oil Collection Act of 1993 makes it unlawful for any person to discharge used oil where it may harm the environment. It is illegal to dispose of used oil down a drain, into a storm sewer, lake, river, stream, or on the street or the ground.

Questions About Hazardous Waste Disposal
If you have a question about whether or not an item, substance or material is hazardous waste, or you would like to know how to lawfully dispose of hazardous waste, please call the Public Works Department at (615) 384-2746.

 

LIMB AND BRUSH COLLECTION

In addition to the weekly refuse cart collection service, the City provides extra refuse collection service once a month for rubbish consisting of limbs, branches, tree trimmings, brush, grass cuttings, chips, and shavings only.  This service is provided to residential customers only and is not available to apartments, condominiums, or commercial properties.  All other types of rubbish, bulky waste and junk are collected during months designated by the City.

Conditions of Service for limb and brush collection are as follows:

  • Limbs and brush can be placed for collection only during the time period designated for your collection district.
  • The City is divided into two (2) collection districts using the railroad tracks as the dividing line.  The North District is collected from the first to the 14th of each month.  The South District is collected from the 15th to the end of the month.
  • Tree trunks and stumps are not collected, and limbs must be cut in lengths not to exceed eight (8) feet.
  • All grass trimmings, yard waste and leaves must be placed in a bag for disposal.
  • All material for collection must be placed at the curb or the edge of the street or alley, and not in a manner that will block traffic, sidewalks, drainage ditches or inlets, or present any type of traffic or safety hazard.  The material is not to be placed on vacant lots or properties.
  • Limbs and brush cut by a contractor or person paid by a resident or owner will not be collected.
  • Limbs and brush must not be at the edge of your property for more than (15) days.  You can receive a summons to court if you do not adhere to the collection schedule.

It is not necessary to call for this service.  If you are not sure of your collection district, please contact the Public Works Department at (615) 384-2746.

 

BULKY WASTE, RUBBISH AND JUNK COLLECTION

Bulky waste, rubbish and junk items are only collected during the months of April and October of each year.  There are no collection districts designated for this service and it is not necessary to call for this service.  Once a month, Springfield residents may dispose of one (1) bulky waste item, one (1) junk item or one (1) bag of rubbish at the Public Works Department facility.  You must register inside the office before you are allowed to dispose of your item.  You may also take your waste to the Robertson County Transfer Station.  The landfill and recycling centers are operated by the County, not the City.  The Robertson County Landfill and Recycling Center may be contacted by calling (615) 384-0683. 

Anyone placing bulky waste, rubbish or junk at curbside other than during the months of April and October may be subject to a summons to court and a possible fine.

Bulky Waste – Stoves, refrigerators, water tanks, washing machines, other white goods and appliances, tires, computers, televisions, stereo systems, furniture, mattresses and similar items.

Rubbish – All waste wood, wood products, tree trimmings, grass cuttings, dead plants, weeds, leaves, dead trees or branches, chips, shavings, sawdust, printed matter, paper, pasteboard, rags, straw, used and discarded clothing, used and discarded shoes and boots, combustible waste pulp and other products, such as are used for packaging or wrapping, crockery and glass, floor sweepings, mineral or metallic substances.

Conditions of Service for bulky waste, rubbish and junk collection are as follows:

Brush, leaves, metals, other rubbish and bulky waste must be stacked in separate piles for disposal.

  • All loose rubbish must be placed in a bag for disposal.
  • All newspapers and magazines not bagged shall be bundled and tied for disposal.
  • All grass trimmings, yard waste and leaves must be placed in a bag for disposal.
  • All wood and limbs must be cut in lengths not to exceed eight (8) feet and must be stacked in piles weighing no more than seventy-five (75) pounds.
  • No more than three (3) bulky waste items will be disposed of per load.
  • Rocks, concrete, bricks, glass, dirt, tree trunks or stumps, and similar materials shall not be collected for disposal.
  • All rubbish and bulky waste requiring pick up must be placed at the curb or the edge of the street or alley, and not in a manner that will block traffic, sidewalks, drainage ditches or inlets, or present any type of traffic or safety hazard.  The material is not to be placed on vacant lots or properties.
  • Rubbish or bulky waste must not be placed at the curb or the edge of the street or alley for a period in excess of twenty-one (21) days.
  • This service is limited to rubbish and bulky waste generated by the owner or occupant of the residence.
  • All construction materials, including, but not limited to, concrete, brick, glass, lumber, sheet rock, and roofing materials shall not be collected for disposal and must be disposed of by the resident, landlord or contractor producing said materials.
  • A contractor or person paid by an owner or landlord to cut brush or limbs shall be responsible for the disposal of the material in an appropriate manner.
  • Rubbish or bulky waste generated by a contractor performing work on a residential property or site will not be collected.
  • Rubbish or bulky waste generated as a result of property clean up due to change of tenant, eviction or bankruptcy will not be collected.

AUTUMN LEAF COLLECTION SERVICE

The City of Springfield provides bagged leaf collection service to all residential sanitation customers during the autumn season.  Leaf bag collection service is not available at apartments, condominiums, or commercial properties.  Leaf collection service begins on the fourth (4th) Monday in October and continues until three (3) days before Christmas.  Lawn services and contractors are responsible for removing the yard waste that they generate.

Conditions of service for autumn leaf collection are as follows:

  • All leaves must be placed in bags for disposal.
  • No other materials shall be mixed with the leaves.
  • Bags of leaves must be placed near the curb or the edge of the street or alley, and not in a manner that will block traffic, sidewalks, drainage ditches or inlets, or present any type of traffic or safety hazard.  Bagged leaves are not to be placed on vacant lots or properties.
  • After the dates stipulated, no more than three (3) bags of leaves may be collected on each regular weekly residential refuse collection.

BURNING PROHIBITED
The burning of refuse within the city limits is prohibited.


CONTACT
Public Works Department
Sanitation Division
2809 Clinard Drive
Springfield, Tennessee 37172
Telephone: (615) 384-2746
Fax: (615) 382-2205
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Allan Ellis, Director of Public Works
Cindy Wymer, Office Manager

 



Public Works/
Vehicle Maintenance

(615) 384-2746
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GENERAL SERVICES
The Vehicle Maintenance Division provides preventative maintenance and repair services for all motorized vehicles and equipment owned by the City of Springfield. Vehicle Maintenance personnel have the training and expertise to maintain most of the vehicles and equipment in-house.

The division provides a full range of services to maintain and repair light and heavy vehicles, off-road equipment and small engine equipment including such items as police cars, fire trucks, backhoes, loaders, dump trucks, service trucks, tractors and riding lawn mowers. Services include vehicle diagnostics, major and minor repairs and replacements, preventative maintenance schedules, tire servicing, fueling, roadside assistance, vehicle inspections, inventory control and bid specification assistance. The division's preventative maintenance program interfaces with the fueling system, work order system and the City's mainframe computer to produce a complete record of repairs and services for each vehicle and piece of equipment.

 

IDENTIFICATION OF CITY VEHICLES
With the exception of some pieces of heavy equipment, smaller equipment and unmarked police vehicles, all city-owned vehicles and equipment can be identified by the City of Springfield logo and name of the department or the words "Springfield" or "City of Springfield" displayed on them. With the exception of Fire Department vehicles and unmarked police vehicles, city-owned automobiles and trucks are white in color and may also have three-digit numbers displayed on them.

If you see a City of Springfield vehicle driving erratically or dangerously, please call the City Manager's Office at (615) 382-2200 to make a report.

 

USED OIL COLLECTION CENTER
The Vehicle Maintenance Division is a state approved used oil collection center. Vehicle Maintenance personnel will collect used oil from residents of Springfield only. There is a five (5) gallon limit and no other fluids can be mixed with the used oil. Used oil can be delivered to the Public Works Department, Vehicle Maintenance Division Shop at 2809 Clinard Drive.

The Tennessee Used Oil Collection Act of 1993 makes it unlawful for any person to discharge used oil where it may harm the environment. It is illegal to dispose of used oil down a drain, into a storm sewer, lake, river, stream, or on the street or the ground.


CONTACT

Public Works Department
Vehicle Maintenance Division
2809 Clinard Drive
Springfield, Tennessee 37172
Telephone: (615) 384-2746
Fax: (615) 382-2205
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Allan Ellis, PE, Director of Public Works
Ricky Harris, Fleet Manager

   

 

The City of Springfield does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d). La Ciudad de Springfield no discrimina basado en la carrera, el color ni el origen nacional en federal ni el estado patrocino los programas, para Titular conforme a VI del Acto de Derechos Civiles de 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d).

 

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