Public Works Division
The Public Works Division operates under the guidance of the Board of Public Works, with a focus on assisting local communities within Washtenaw County in addressing environmental and public health issues and development needs, including wastewater disposal and collection, water treatment and supply, lake management, and solid waste management. A description of Public Works programs and activities appears below.
Board of Public Works
The Board of Public Works is authorized and appointed by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners under Public Act 185 of 1957. The Board of Public Works meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m., in Conference Room 2010 of 705 N. Zeeb Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, unless otherwise noted.
Infrastructure Assistance Program
The Division of Public Works can help local communities address their infrastructure needs by providing communities with project management and financial assistance needed to construct wastewater, water supply, and solid waste projects.
Lake Management/Improvement Projects
The Public Works team, with support from the Board of Public Works, can help local communities commence lake management and improvement projects. Such projects can enhance fisheries habitat, improve water quality, protect and increase property values and enhance recreational opportunities.
Washtenaw County operates a Home Toxics Collection Center, where residents can bring toxic materials such as paint, motor oil, etc. for safe disposal. In addition, we provide information on medication and sharps disposal locations, as well as residentaial and business recycling options.
Solid Waste Management & Planning
Our Solid Waste Management System forms a network of waste prevention, recycling, composting and sanitary landfill services. Every county in Michigan is required to have a Solid Waste Management Plan to ensure we have adequate disposal capacity for any waste generated within the county; to set goals for waste reduction and recycling; and to protect public health. Washtenaw County is in the process of amending/updating its Solid Waste Management Plan.
Waste Knot Program
The Waste Knot Program aims to develop relationships within the Washtenaw County business community to increase waste reduction and recycling activities. To achieve its mission, the Waste Knot Program provides community-wide recognition and organization-based technical assistance along with value-added education to organizations that exhibit leadership in waste reduction and recycling or to organizations that desire to become leaders in these areas.
Remonumentation (Administered in collaboration with the Washtenaw County Road Commission)
The State funds the Survey and Remonumentation Program to assist counties to more accurately represent survey corners within local jurisdictions. This is important because, over time, monument points used in surveying are often disturbed or destroyed.
Public Act 345 of 1991 established the State Survey and Remonumentation law, which provides for the remonumentation of all public land survey corners in the State of Michigan. This act mandated that each county submit a plan to the state detailing how the remonumentation be implemented, administered and maintained. On September 16, 1992, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved the Revised Plan for Remonumentation and Monumentation of the Public Land Survey in Washtenaw County. Each year since then, the Board of Commissioners has approved and authorized grant applications to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, State Survey and Remonumentation Commission.