The Public Works Department provides a wide range of services that have significant economic impact, improve people’s lives and help define the quality of life for residents and visitors. The Public Works Department provides operational and maintenance services for the City’s infrastructure. The Public Works Department is key to ensuring that the residents of, and visitors to the City have clean water to drink, are assured that wastewater is properly disposed of, that streets are maintained and plowed in the winter, that parks are watered and maintained, and that the cemetery is maintained.
Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)
A Capital Improvements Plan was completed in February 2015 that identifies capital projects in excess of $25,000 for wastewater, the cemetery, police, streets, the library, storm water, water and parks for the period 2015-2019. To view the Capital Improvements Plan document, click here. To view the 2016 Annual Assessment of the CIP, click here
Water and Sewage
The City of Red Lodge's water system consists of storage reservoirs, water distribution and transmission mains, and a water treatment plant (WTP) located on the West Fork of Rock Creek. The City currently obtains all its water from three wells. These sources provide Red Lodge with ownership rights to 4,625 acre-feet of water per year or a peak flow of 4,501 gpm.The Public Works Department operates and maintains the City's water system to provide Red Lodge residents with reliable and safe water. The Public Works Department performs such tasks as reading meters manually each month, sampling and testing, reporting, repairing water breaks, operating valves and hydrants, planning, and providing oversight and coordination on construction projects.
Trash and Recycling
The City of Red Lodge contracts with a private solid waste collection company to collect and dispose of trash for the entire city. Solid waste is transported to Billings for final disposal at the Billings Regional Landfill. The solid waste collection company issues 90 gallon waste containers.
The City also has a recycling center located at the north end of Red Lodge (7042 US-212, Red Lodge, MT 59068) operated by Beartooth Industries . The contracted solid waste collection company also collects the recyclables from the recycling center. The Public Works Department provides maintenance for the recycling center. Electronic Recycling: The group REWIND sponsors an annual event to ensure electronic waste gets properly recycled.
Streets and Snow Removal
Did you know the City of Red Lodge has roughly 35 miles of streets and alleys? Most of the streets were paved in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The Public Works Department is responsible for maintenance of streets and alleys, snow removal, sweeping, signing and striping for City streets. A few important notes:
- It's the duty of owners, tenants and occupants to remove snow and ice on sidewalks in commercial zoning districts, commercial purposes property, multi-family residential lot, property adjoining US Highway 212 or MT Highway 78. Snow and ice should be removed by 10am after the day of a storm. Failure to do so could result in a fine.
- It is unlawful for residents to dispose of snow on public rights of way and could result in a fine.
- Resolutions and Ordinances for reference: Ordinance 875, 896, 910, and Resolution 3364
Parks and Trees
The Public Works Department has overall responsibility for managing the parks and trees in the city. The Public Works Department has one employee dedicated to parks and cemetery maintenance. Red Lodge has a park system made up of a range of diverse properties. These properties include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a skateboard park, and playground among other amenities. Parks receiving the most use are Rotary Park (maintained by the City with assistance from the Rotarians), Lions Park (developed and maintained by the Lions Club), Field School Park, Coal Miner's Park, and Pride Park situated in the heart of the Central Business District and maintained by the All Nations Garden Club.
Annual Report to Council, Energy Corps Member
Sewer Solar Panel Analysis
LED Streetlight Retrofit (cost analysis)
Electric Vehicle Charging Station (authorizing resolution)
Report to Council, December 2016