The Public Services Department strives to maintain that which has been created for us in previous generations; to create infrastructure and public facilities that will support the needs of today, the economic development of today; and to create the foundation for our children' needs for economic growth and quality of life in the future.
The Public Services Department consist of multiple divisions. The Department plans, designs and constructs public projects and capital improvements within the City through its Design Engineering Division. The Streets Division constructs and maintains City streets and sidewalks, and provides the maintenance of the stormwater system. It also provides and maintains the City's street signs and signal devices.
The Department supplies Apopka's drinking water through the operation of five water plants. The City's waste water is treated and serves approximately 5,000 residences and numerous commercial properties and golf courses with reclaimed water. The Public Services Department carries out the City's water conservation initiatives. At the end of 2014, the City Utility Sewer, Water and Construction Division crews maintain over 266 miles of water mains, over 216 miles of sewer lines, over 112 miles of reclaimed water mains, and over 96 miles of stormwater mains.
The Public Services Department provides trash and recycling collection service to Apopka's residences and businesses through its Sanitation Division. Trash collection is provided two times per week and recycling is every other week. The City uses Single-Stream method for recycling, making it easy for City residents to recycle. The Division's collection trucks are equipped for automated pickup. Each Apopka household is provided with one garbage and one recycling cart that is included with their open account.
The Fleet Division also comes under the purview of the Public Services Department. All City vehicles, machinery and equipment are maintained through this Division. The Division recently received a grant that will provide the funds for the conversion and supporting fuel tank and system to use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in some of the City operated vehicles. This will reduce the price of fuel consumption and help reduce emissions.
Apopka's 233 acre Northwest Recreation Complex, the downtown Kit Land Nelson Park and all other city parks are maintained by the Department's Grounds crews. Grounds crews also maintain and landscape the city street medians and the City cemetery.
The numerous City parks are operated by the Department’s Recreation Division. Tournaments, games and programs are scheduled through the Recreation staff located at the Northwest Recreation Complex' Operations building. They also schedule programs such as Dance, Zumba, Bridge and Seniors programs that are held at the Fran Carlton facility. Kids camp programs are scheduled and held for long holidays, Spring Break and in the summertime when children are not in school.
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