The City of Napoleon Operations Department performs a wide range of “public works” tasks, which vary considerably in application and scope. The Operations Department is responsible for the distribution of water, the collection of waste water, fleet and equipment maintenance, refuse and recycling pick up routes, street maintenance, snow removal, facility and building maintenance, operation and upkeep of the yard waste site, mosquito control, seasonal clean ups and compliance issues dealing with the City’s underground storage tanks.
The Operations Department is currently staffed with 21 highly trained, full time employees; most of which hold one or more state licenses and/or accreditations.
The water distribution division currently operates 308,768 feet of water mains, ranging in size from 1 to 20 inches. The pipes in the system are comprised of copper, galvanized iron, cast iron, ductile iron, asbestos cement and PVC plastic. The pipes vary in ages from some which were installed in 2008 to some 113 years old. The distribution system includes approximately 786 valves, 629 hydrants and 3598 service taps.
The system is maintained by 5 full time employees, including the Water Distribution Foreman, who are responsible for a variety of tasks, such as 2 complete flushings per year of the system, checks for high usage, radio read conversions, new meter installations, hydrant repairs, new hydrant installations, turn ons, turn offs, setting of new taps, water line locates and repair of water main breaks. The distribution crew also assists in the seasonal clean ups and snow removal.
The street division currently maintains 55.9 centerline miles of improved streets, 8.57 centerline miles of state highway and 4.7 centerline miles of unimproved streets and roads. The streets are of assorted constructions and age, with most being improved.
The waste water collection division is responsible for the maintenance of 246,491 feet of combined and sanitary sewers. The pipes in the system range in size from 4 inch forced mains to a 35” X 45” hand laid brick elliptical sewer. The pipes in the system are composed of vitrified clay, brick, concrete, cast iron and plastic. The pipes extend in age from newly installed to sewers being over 85 years old.
The construction division performs many different tasks throughout the City – new curb and sidewalk formation and installations, drainage maintenance, as well as catch basin repair and installation just to name a few.
The street, waste water collection and construction divisions are sustained by 6 employees, including the Streets/Sewer Foreman. This crew not only performs tasks specific to each division such as sewer line locates, sign maintenance, television of sewers, crack sealing, and snow removal, but is also vital in mosquito control, leaf collection and disposal, loading and hauling of mulch, operation of the yard waste site, brush grinding and the seasonal clean ups.
The refuse division services approximately 3,435 customers with the City. On average, the department collects approximately 1,768.92 tons of refuse per year. Currently the City’s refuse program is ran under a system wherein each household is allowed one (1) thirty gallon trash bag, or approved container, per week as part of their normal refuse. Any additional bags, or containers, must have a “tag” affixed to them. The cost of the “tag” is $2.00 and the may be purchased at the City Utilities Office and numerous other locations throughout the city. The refuse division also provides a special pick up service for the residents of Napoleon. This service entails the pick up of refuse and materials that either do not qualify for, or are too large for, the regular weekly refuse route. The cost for a “special pick up” is $5.63 per cubic yard.
The recycling division was implemented in 1991 and continues to be a huge success. Currently the City enjoys a participation rate of approximately 66%. In the order of 802.89 tons of recyclable material are collected annually. The following are recyclable materials accepted by the City: #1 and #2 plastics; clear, green and brown glass; aluminum and tin cans; corrugated cardboard; paste board; newspapers; magazines; catalogues; gift wrap and junk mail. Recycling bins may be obtained at the City of Napoleon Service Building located at 1775 Industrial Drive, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The refuse and recycling routes are run by 3 full time employees; with 2 operating the refuse route and 1 operating the recycling route.
The City of Napoleon operates a 2-man maintenance crew that is responsible for building and equipment maintenance. The division is fully equipped for MIG, TIG, and arc welding, as well as plasma cutting. In addition to the metal working machinery, the division also has a large assortment of wood working equipment required for maintenance operations. The maintenance division, like many of the other divisions, performs a wide range of tasks; some of which include: installation and removal of boat docks, City pool maintenance, start up/shut down and maintenance of the golf course irrigation system, carpentry work and general building upkeep and/or repair for all of the City’s facilities. The division also assists in snow removal and with the seasonal clean ups.
The City’s garage is a full service operation responsible for the repair and preservation of approximately 158 vehicles and/or equipment (not including small miscellaneous items such as weed eaters and lawn mowers). The garage is staffed by 2 full time mechanics that work on a wide variety of items ranging from chain saws and golf carts to snow plows, police cars and fire trucks. In addition to their normal duties, the garage staff also helps with snow removal and in the seasonal clean ups.
The City of Napoleon’s yard waste site is located at 1722 Oakwood Ave. The site accepts the following items: grass clippings (to be placed in the appropriate dumpsters), limbs and brush trimmings (to be placed on the brush pile), and bagged or bulk leaves (bagged leaves to be placed on the leaf pile in the fenced in area; bulk leaved to be placed on the brush pile). Residents may deposit these items at the site at no charge. Mulch is also available at the yard waste site. Residents of Napoleon and Henry County may load their own vehicle/equipment with no limit and at no charge. The City will load a privately owned truck, trailer, etc… for a fee of $5.00. The City will also deliver the mulch at a cost of $10.00 per small load (approx. 2 cubic yd) and $15.00 per large load (approx. 6 cubic yd) for residents within the City limits. For those residents outside of the City limits, but within Henry County, the cost is $10.00 per small load plus $1.00 per loaded mile; $15.00 per large load plus $1.25 per loaded mile.
The City conducts two seasonal clean ups per year – one in the month of April and the other being the first week of October. These are done in an effort to maintain the City’s cleanliness and overall integrity and appearance. Residents, who receive normal City refuse service, may set out any and all items that are contingent with the Seasonal Clean Up Rules and Guidelines. These guidelines are released to all local media, as well as posted on the City’s website, approximately two weeks in advance of the clean up. Personnel from all divisions of the Operations Department are utilized in the performance of the seasonal clean ups.