The City of Rogersville Public Works Department is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of Drinking Water, Sanitary Sewer, Storm Sewer, and Street infrastructures, as well as plan review and inspection of new infrastructure built within the City that will be connected to existing infrastructure. The Public Works Department is responsible for mapping and locating infrastructure. The Board of Alderman recently voted to purchase a new GIS system and GPS equipment to create an accurate map of all utility infrastructure. We are diligently working to get GPS measurements of all of the infrastructure to have an accurate map to aid with inventory of the systems, as well as combining it with the Mo1Call system for locating underground utilities. If you plan to dig, please call the Mo1Call system to notify not only the City, but other utilities as well so that utility lines can be located and identified. This is a service provided at no cost to the individual calling, and is State Law. If you dig before calling Mo1Call, you can be held financially responsible for an damages that occur to utility infrastructure. Mo1Call can be contacted by dialing 811, or at mo1call.com. If you have any questions about the Mo1Call system, call City Hall and you will be put in contact with someone that can help you. Public Works is also responsible for the maintenance of all City owned properties and buildings.
The City is currently served by 3 wells that provide all the water for Rogersville. Well 1, Well 4, and Well 5 (Porter Well) have a combined pumping capacity of 1225 Gallons Per Minute. They pump water into the 3 Elevated Storage Tanks (more commonly called Water Towers) located at Well 1, Well 4, and Jamestown. The combined storage capacity of the tanks is 475,000 gallons. The water leaves the tanks through the Distribution System. The smallest pipe in the distribution system is ¾”, and the largest is 12”. There is approximately 35.75 miles of water line piping that make up the distribution system. Parts of the distribution system date back to 1954 when the City of Rogersville drilled Well 1. Upgrades are consistently being made to the distribution system to replace old pipes that have passed their useful life and are no longer adequate. In 2012 the City installed a SCADA system that monitors the water system 24 hours a day, and notifies the employees if it sees an alarm such as low water levels in a tank, a pump fails to run, a power outage exists at a well, chlorine levels get too high, as well as many other things it monitors for. Every home and business connected to the water system has a water meter to measure the amount of water used each month, and is billed accordingly. If you suspect there is a leak, contact City Hall and someone will be out to verify, and determine if the leak is on the customer’s side of the meter or on the City’s side. If it is on the customer’s side, it is the customer’s responsibility to have it repaired. Water leaks are very costly to the City (you as the taxpayer), and should be repaired as soon as possible.
What happens to the water once you use it and it leaves your house? It becomes the responsibility of the Sewer Department. The drain pipe that leaves your home connected to the City’s Sanitary Sewer System, which ultimately leads to the Waste Water Treatment Facility. If you suspect a sewer is backed up, please call City Hall to report it, and someone will come out to find the problem. If the clog is in the City Main, we will clear the blockage. If it is determined that the clog is in your lateral (the pipe between your home and the City Main), it is your responsibility to have it repaired. The collection system of sewer mains is comprised of piping ranging anywhere from 6” to 18”, as well as 10 lift stations. There is approximately 42 miles of sewer line piping that make up the sewer system. The Waste Water Treatment Facility is the City’s largest investment. It was originally built in 1987, and has undergone 2 large upgrades since it was built. The last upgrade cost approximately $7,000,000, and took 3 years to complete. Everything at the Facility is very expensive, and requires a lot of maintenance. For example, the 1st process of sewage treatment is screening. The current screen we have has been modified by staff to improve its effectiveness, but will soon have to be replaced with a price tag of approximately $100,000. Once the sewage has been treated, the clean effluent is released and the sludge (solids that are removed) is stored for more treatment until it can be hauled to fields for fertilizer.
All new subdivisions must install Storm Water Infrastructure in order to keep it contained as much as possible. You will see large basins that detain excessive amounts of storm water on site until it can be released in a controlled manner. Curbs along the roadways guide the water into inlets, which are connected to underground piping that carries the water to the basins. Storm Water designs are meticulously reviewed by Public Works staff, as well as the
City Engineer to make sure a new development is not imposing more run off into existing developments at a higher rate than they already receive. As a general rule of thumb, maintenance of the large basins is the responsibility of the individual developments via an H.O.A. Maintenance of the piping and inlets are the responsibility of the Public Works staff. If you lose a toy in the Storm Sewer system, please do not try to retrieve it yourself by entering the system. Contact City Hall, and someone will be sent out to help you at no cost to you. Entering a Storm Sewer system can be very dangerous, and precaution must be taken.
The City maintains all of the streets within the City Limits that do not belong to MoDOT. Currently, the City does not own any type of asphalt maintenance or installation equipment. All pothole and utility patches are contracted out to local vendors for repair. The City does perform snow removal and salt treatment with our own staff and equipment. The City currently owns 1 dump truck and 2 pickups with snow plows and salt spreaders. We also utilize our backhoe when necessary to clear City owned parking lots, intersections, and cul-de-sacs. It is important to remember during snow to not park on the road if at all possible, and to remove basketball goals from roadways. During heavy snowfalls, the 1st priority is to clear a path on the main thoroughfares through to allow Emergency Service Vehicles a way to get to you, should you need help. Once the main roads have been cleared, the crews will work to clear the residential streets of subdivisions. We realize it can be frustrating waiting on a plow to come by your house, but with approximately 96.5 lane miles of City roadway to clear, it is not a fast process. when roads are cleared, the goal is to clear from curb to curb. If in this process a windrow of snow is piled in your driveway that you cannot clear, please contact City Hall and someone will come out to help. Plow drivers cannot always see the piles left behind. In cul-de-sacs, the snow must go somewhere. The plow driver has the responsibility to pile the snow along the cul-de-sac in a place that will drain as it melts and is not blocking a driveway, fire hydrant, or mail box. This might mean it has to go in your yard.
Most homeowners don’t know, but you are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the right-of-way that abuts your property, which includes mowing and tree trimming.
City Owned Properties
The City currently owns 21 properties. These include City Hall, the Public Works shop, the Well Sites and Water Towers, 10 Lift Stations, the Waste Water Treatment Facility, the North Storm Shelter, the Highway Patrol Office, and 2 Parks. It takes a lot of time and money to keep everything in good condition. City Hall underwent a remodel in 2018 which upgraded the Front Desk to accommodate 2 Utility Clerks to help with customers and billing, and well as security upgrades, new flooring, and fresh paint
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