No department better depicts traditional city services more than Public Service, whose crews work around the clock when necessary to perform such services as snow removal, leaf collection, trash and recycling collection, mosquito management, road maintenance, fire hydrant maintenance, water and sewer line maintenance, traffic signal maintenance, trimming of right-of-way trees and even maintaining all the streetlight flower pots along Market Street. Their attention to detail enhances the quality of life of residents, visitors and employees throughout our community and they are also essential to other city departments by performing routine maintenance on all city-owned properties, vehicles and equipment.
Residents who have driven by our public service facility or attended our inaugural “Touch-a-Truck” event this past August may have initially thought they were passing a horse barn out in the country. While paying homage to New Albany’s rural roots, the facility reflects the growth of what was once a small unassuming town to an expanding upscale community of residential and commercial development. As New Albany grows, so does the public infrastructure that supports it.
Our Public Service Department also adheres to being green. Some successful efforts include:
- Converting all traffic lights to LED bulbs;
- Using swale and filtration ponds to clean stormwater before its release to streams (the department have received the Andy Walther Environmental Steward Award from the Friends of Big Walnut Creek and Tributaries for these efforts);
- Recycling used motor oil, providing it to a vendor who processes it and resells it as fuel oil for heating purposes;
- Collecting wood chips from tree work and leaves (during leaf season) and delivering them to facilities that convert the products to mulch; and
- Integrating the use of cleaner fuels. More than 75% of the department’s fleet now uses bio-diesel fuel.