DORCHESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

PUBLIC WORKS

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

In Dorchester County, the Department of Public Works oversees five divisions: Airport, Engineering, Highways, Maintenance, and Solid Waste.

AIRPORT DIVISION
The Airport Division runs the Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport southeast of Cambridge, Maryland.

ENGINEERING DIVISION
The Engineering Division provides technical advice to the County Council and County Departments, including in-house design, permit acquisition and reporting, funding acquisition and administration, and inspection and construction of projects.

HIGHWAYS DIVISION
The Highways Division maintains and improves the roadways and bridges within Dorchester County. The Division is responsible for road building; blacktopping of roads (new & overlay); surface treatment; ditching (outlet & roadside); bushing (outlet & roadside); roadside mowing; boat dock maintenance; boat ramp construction; bridge maintenance; snow removal; ice control; signage of all County roads; line stripping of all County roads; and operation of a maintenance/repair shop. The Division also maintains the County marine facilities, including boat ramps, docks, and boat mooring sites.

MAINTENANCE DIVISION
The Maintenance Division provides daily housekeeping and management of building resources for County public buildings. These include the County Courthouse, the County Government Building, the State's Attorney Office Building, and the County Visitors Center.

SOLID WASTE DIVISION
Through implementation of the County Solid Waste Management Plan, the Solid Waste Division manages the County's solid waste disposal. Solid waste generated in the County is disposed of at the New Beulah Sanitary Landfill off Route 16 north of Hurlock. Adjacent to it is the Hunting Ridge Rubble Fill, which operated from 1990 to 1993. Former landfills are located at Secretary (closed 1982), Golden Hill (closed 1991), and Old Beulah. The Division also operates County recycling centers.


SANITARY DISTRICT COMMISSION

The Sanitary District Commission governs the Sanitary District which includes the water system and sewerage system of Dorchester County. As a public corporate body, the Commission operates as a monopoly in providing water and sewer services to the County.

Appointed by the County Council to six-year terms, the Commission consists of six members (Chapter 129, Acts of 2010; Code Environment Article, secs. 9-621 through 9-628).

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