City of Gardner, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Gardner 12-2-1974 by Ord. No. 577. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A Survey Department is hereby established. It shall be under the charge and control of a graduate certified civil engineer who shall have the title of "City Engineer." The City Engineer shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council, and shall be appointed for a term of three years.
The duties of the City Engineer shall be as follows:
A. 
The City Engineer shall:
(1) 
Make plans for and have supervision of all City engineering structures.
(2) 
Perform all services which properly come under the direction of a certified civil engineer.
(3) 
Give advice to all City officials authorized to consult with him on matters relating to public improvements of every kind where the advice of a civil engineer would be of service.
(4) 
Make regular inspections of all dams, bridges, and other public works belonging to the City.
(5) 
In consultation with the Mayor, determine which outside engineering firms shall be selected for service on City projects.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
(6) 
Coordinate his activities with the Director of the Public Works Department.
[Amended 3-7-1983 by Ord. No. 803; 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
(7) 
Administer the Survey Department.
B. 
The City Engineer may employ, from time to time, such full-time or part-time assistance as may be required, subject, however, to proper appropriations being made therefor.
[Added 9-15-1997 by Ord. No. 1251]
A. 
There shall be established in the Survey Department the position of Survey Department Coordinator. The Coordinator shall be appointed by and directly report to the City Engineer, subject to confirmation by the City Council, for a term of three years.
B. 
The duties of the Survey Department Coordinator shall be as follows:
(1) 
GIS Coordinator. Develop and maintain a GIS System for use of various City departments, including Survey, Public Works, Community Development and Planning, Assessing and Building. Initially, research existing data files which can be used to develop the database. Select software which will be compatible with existing hardware available in various City Hall offices. Make recommendations regarding new hardware or upgrades required, including cost estimates.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
(2) 
CADD and information systems implementation in the Survey Department.
(a) 
Review files of data maintained by Survey Department and recommend which are suitable for storage and retrieval via computer. Recommend and prioritize software and hardware (scanner, digitizer, etc.) acquisition. Estimate time requirements for data input and skill level for persons to perform this task.
(b) 
Review tasks normally performed by Survey Department drafts persons and recommend which tasks can be better or more efficiently performed with a CADD system.
(c) 
Implement computer-based construction specifications and contract document assembly.
(3) 
Planning Board Engineer. Provide technical assistance to the Planning Board as required, including attendance at meetings one or two evenings per month. Duties will include:
(a) 
Review of site plans and subdivision plans, with particular emphasis on drainage and stormwater management. Prepare cost estimates where the developer must post bond or security in order to insure completion of infrastructure.
(b) 
Inspect subdivision infrastructure (drainage, sanitary sewers, water mains, roads and sidewalks) during construction and submit periodic reports to the Planning Board.
(c) 
Develop stormwater management practices and policies for subdrainage basins within the City.
(4) 
Zoning Board of Appeals/Conservation Commission Coordinator. Review all applications to the above bodies, with particular attention to potential effects on public underground utilities or streets and sidewalks. Provide technical advice and/or guidance when necessary to the public interest.
(5) 
Infiltration/Inflow Coordinator. Maintain records of all sanitary sewer and manhole inspections and repairs/rehabilitation which result in reduction of infiltration and/or inflow to the City's sanitary sewer system. Quantify estimates of flow reduction due to these efforts and prepare and submit semiannual reports to the Department of Environmental Protection.
(6) 
Construction administration. Oversee construction contracts being performed directly for the Department of Public Works, based on plans and specifications prepared by the Survey Department. This task will include construction inspection and field documentation of as-built quantities and locations. This task will involve supervision of up to two other Survey Department employees.
(7) 
Any and all other duties as assigned by the City Engineer.
The Survey Department shall be responsible for the following:
A. 
Whenever any petition for laying out, making public, widening, altering, relocating, grading or discontinuing any way is presented to the Mayor and City Council, it shall be the duty of the Survey Department to prepare a plan and estimate showing the probable cost of said work apportioned to the several estates liable for the same, together with the estimated cost of other assessable improvements, such as sewers and sidewalks, that may reasonably be necessitated by such proposed alteration, said cost likewise being apportioned to the respective estates. Said plan and estimate shall be furnished complete with the names and addresses of the owners of the several estates and the amounts assessable upon each of them.
B. 
The Survey Department shall have charge and custody of all plans of streets, sidewalks and bridges belonging to the City; it shall enter in a book to be kept for that purpose the names of all streets that shall be accepted, laid out and established by the City Council, with the boundaries and measurements thereof, the names of the owners of the land, if known, over or through which said streets or ways are located, and the estates bounding and abutting thereon; and shall keep a record of all sidewalks that are now or may be hereafter laid out or established by the City Council, the width, height and grade of the same, stating the boundaries and measurements thereof, with the date of such laying out.
C. 
To inspect all streets and ways being constructed under the Subdivision Control Law[1] to ascertain whether said construction complies with plans filed pursuant to the Planning Board regulations, City ordinances and state statutes and to give to the Planning Board a report of its inspection prior to the release of any bond posted by the developer constructing said street and prior to the approval of said street by the Planning Board.[2]
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
[1]
Editor's Note: See MGL c. 41, §§ 81K to 81GG.
[2]
Editor's Note: Original Secs. 4 and 5, which immediately followed this section and provided for the transfer of personnel and materials to the Survey Department, were repealed 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563.
The salary of the City Engineer and other employees within the Survey Department shall be established in the ordinances designating salaries and wages for the City employees.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 171, Personnel, Arts. XV and XVI.