To the Citizens and our Customers,
The Medford Public Works Department provides transportation, sewer collection and storm drainage services to customers in Medford. The Department also provides sewage treatment for the region (of which the City of Medford is approximately half) and vehicle maintenance services to other departments and government organizations.
This report covers the period from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, which is the City’s fiscal year. Total revenues decreased 6% compared to the previous year and total expenditures increased 1%. Note that expenses do not include some costs, such as the $1.5M per year that is transferred to the City’s General Fund to pay for services received from other departments. Revenue and expenses vary in comparison to one another because the Public Works Department pays cash for virtually all capital projects, such as street construction. Some of these projects are very costly, so the Department builds cash reserves in some years so that projects do not require debt. This policy ensures that public infrastructure and services are delivered at the lowest life-cycle costs to Medford’s citizens.
A visible project completed in the last budget period is the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) installed at the intersection of McAndrews and North Keene. This pedestrian crossing enhancement was installed due to several factors, including; high traffic volumes and speeds on McAndrews, limited sight distance due to topography, and enough pedestrian traffic to justify the expense.
In the coming year the Public Works Department will be working on an ambitious project list:
This list is not inclusive and as always the Department will be performing a wide variety of maintenance and repair activities.
We appreciate the support of our customers in the City of Medford and all Public Works employees look forward to serving you in the coming year.
See 2017 statistics
Cory Crebbin, P.E.
Director of Public Works