The Public Works Department Municipal Services Division is divided into three main responsibilities: Street Maintenance, Parks Maintenance, and Urban Forestry Management.
Street Improvements & Repairs
The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance and up keep up over 65 miles of concrete, asphalt, and asphalt overlay streets within the city limits of Ferguson.
It is the mission of the Department of Public Works to provide the best possible service for pavement management utilizing all available funding, current staff, equipment and vehicles, outside contractors, and a priority driven maintenance system.
We conduct street re-evaluations every other year on approximately 435 street sections citywide. Each street is evaluated and prioritized based on traffic volume and several condition indicators.
The rating scale shown below, rates on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being low and 10 being high:
- 1 to 3 is a high priority street needing immediate attention
- 4 to 6 is in moderate condition
- 7 to 10 is in good condition
Streets are then selected for either concrete slab replacement or asphalt overlay. The number of streets scheduled to be repaired depends on the amount of funds budgeted for the fiscal year. Maintenance activities include pothole patching for temporary and permanent repair, preventive maintenance practices such as street sweeping and yearly crack sealing.
The City of Ferguson Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of our 11 City Parks totaling over 107 acres.
Our park maintenance services include:
- Weekly mowing, trimming, fertilizing, aerating and weed control
- Tree maintenance
- Sports Field Maintenance
- Pavilion Maintenance
- Seasonal preparation and maintenance for the Splash at Wabash Aquatic Center
- Park Signage
Urban Forestry Management
The Public Works Department has continued to demonstrate an excellent commitment to an effective, on-going community forestry program.
Tree City USA
Our community has been awarded for the 24th straight year the "Tree City USA'' award given by the National Arbor Day Foundation. We also continue each year to celebrate Arbor Day events and special tree planting projects throughout the City.
The Forestry crew is responsible for the routine maintenance of over 3,600 trees located on City Right of Ways and in our 11 community parks. This maintenance includes; routine tree inspections, inventory, trimming, pruning, crown cleaning, and tree removals due to storm damaged and/or disease.
When winter weather hits, our snow removal crews begin the process of plowing and salting to keep our city streets clear for safer travel. Our crews are set up in two 12-hour shifts for 24-hour coverage during winter weather conditions. We clear streets based on priority:
- Main primary arteries, dangerous hills, bridges, and schools
- Side streets and subdivision streets
- Dead end streets and cul-de-sacs (separate smaller plow truck is used)
In most cases the crew will clear two lanes on primary streets and one lane on secondary side streets and subdivision streets. As the storm passes we will then start widening all street access.
We do not pile snow in front of any driveway. When plowing the streets the plows must push the snow somewhere and snow plows are designed to remove the snow from the street and push it to the side / curb of the streets. This includes the apron of your driveway. There is no way to avoid driveway aprons and plow the street properly.
The Public Works Department has two street sweepers that maintain over 65 miles of paved streets in our city plus all the city parking lots and city owned buildings. We make every effort to schedule both sweepers in the field at least four days per week from mid-March through November, weather permitting. The city is divided into four equal routes and route activity is scheduled on a rotating basis.
*NOTE: It is against our city code to rake or blow leaves into the street or on the city right of ways.
When the leaves left on the city streets become wet they are very hazardous to motorists. Street sweepers are not designed to and will not pick up these leaves.
Christmas Tree Recycling, Fire Wood, Mulch
Along with the activities mentioned above we also recycle all the trees that we have trimmed or removed and offer free to all Ferguson residents, mulch and split firewood.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Recycling is offered each year at our Christmas Tree "Drop Off Site" after the Christmas Holiday. This site is located at the Forestwood Sports Complex, 825 Ferguson Ave. from December 26 through January 31.
Firewood is available November through March and can be picked up at our Municipal Garage located at 901 Ferguson Ave. from 7:00 am until 3:30 pm. Firewood is limited to a 1/2 pick up truck load per week per household. Please keep in mind that firewood is split only when sufficient manpower is available and is not available every day.
Mulch is available all year and can be picked up at the entrance of our Municipal Garage located at 901 Ferguson Ave. from 7:00 am until 3:30 pm.
The City of Ferguson provides mosquito control services to residents throughout the City.
Help Prevent Mosquitos In Your Neighborhood
- Properly remove any standing water in old tires, buckets, pots, drums, and other containers that may store water.
- Cover or store boats, canoes, and wheelbarrows upside down when not in use.
- Empty your small plastic/aluminum wading pool and birdbath weekly.
- Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets that allow runoff water to accumulate.
- Clean clogged roof gutters and drain flat roofs.
- DO NOT dump grass clippings, branches or other items into storm creeks.
Report any problems with sewer or storm creeks causing standing water to Metropolitan Sewer District. You can contact MSD at 314-768-6260 or at their website: http://www.stlmsd.com/