FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND

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PUBLIC WORKS

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


PUBLIC WORKS DIVISION

The Public Works Division began as the Sanitary District Commission. The Commission was succeeded by the Frederick County Metropolitan Commission in 1968 (Chapter 609, Acts of 1968). In 1974, the General Assembly authorized the Board of County Commissioners to abolish the Metropolitan Commission and create a department of public works (Chapter 629, Acts of 1974). The Department of Public Works was formed in 1978, and reformed in 2001 as a division.

Today, the Division of Public Works is responsible for three departments: Engineering and Construction Management; Fleet Services; and Highways and Facility Maintenance (County Code, secs. 1-18-1 through 1-18-5).

Formerly located at 118 North Market St. in Frederick, the Division moved to 355 Montevue Lane on December 9, 2013.


SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING DIVISION

The Solid Waste and Recycling Division was created in September 2020 reorganization, when it absorbed certain functions of the Utilities and Solid Waste Division.

The Division plans, constructs, and operates the County's recycling program, and solid-waste pollution-control infrastructure.


WATER & SEWER UTILITIES DIVISION

Functions of the Water and Sewer Utilities Division originally were overseen by the Department of Public Works, which was created in 1978. When the Department reorganized as a division in 2001, the Utilities and Solid Waste Division was established. In September 2020, the Utilities and Solid Waste Division reorganized into two divisions: the Water and Sewer Utilities Division and the Solid Waste and Recycling Division.

The Water and Sewer Utilities Division plans, constructs, and operates the County's water supply and wastewater disposal infrastructure.

Under the Division are five departments: Engineering and Planning, Regulatory Compliance, Wastewater Treatment and Disposal, Water and Wastewater Maintenance, and Water Purification and Distribution.

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