The Street Department has a wide variety of job duties. They provide regular and preventive street maintenance as well as emergency responsibilities.
PotholesPotholes are logged by street crews or by calls from citizens. If a pothole is deemed dangerous, it is repaired promptly. All others are repaired in a timely manner.
MowingOver 50 roadside locations are maintained with a tractor and bush hog to prevent excessive grass and weeds that would hinder visibility. Approximately 35 natural waterways are cleared of grass, weeds and debris to reduce the clogging of storm drains.
DitchingMost ditch work is performed during the winter months. We also maintain the clearing of ditches when time allows.
Street RepairsThe repair of deteriorated concrete, brick and asphalt streets is a major part of the street department. When larger sections of a street are in need of repair, a milling process is performed and the asphalt millings are then used in alleys, potholes and parking lots.
Storm Drains & Culverts
A routine check and cleaning of storm drains, culverts, and waterways is performed. With the use of a Vactor truck, clogged storm drains, culverts and storm drain catch basins are flushed and cleaned out.
Brush/Tree Limb DumpThe City of Fort Scott has a free disposal site for brush, leaves and grass clippings that is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to Noon. The Street Department is responsible for overseeing this dump site and those proper items are disposed of and only city residents using this site.
Street SweepingThe street sweeper operates on a regular basis on curbed streets mainly and by work districts.
Traffic ControlThe Street Department is responsible for replacing burned out bulbs of traffic signals and resetting the computerized programs when a power outage occurs. Routine checks of traffic signals and cleaning of camera lenses are also performed.
The street signs are replaced when reflectivity has deteriorated or when new signs are required by local, state and federal guidelines. The repainting of crosswalks, center lines, edges of pavement, parking lines, and ADA handicapped markings are updated once to twice a year according to visibility. Barricades are placed in preparation of parades and special events.