Dedicated to providing safe highways and bridges throughout our county. We have 409 miles of road and 38 bridges for which we are responsible. This includes all the snow plowing, sanding, filling all those pot holes, installation and maintenance of all road signs, blading the gravel roads, cleaning culverts, fixing mailboxes, mowing, spraying and cutting trees and brush on road right of way, clearing dead animals off of county roads.
Design for the reconstruction of all county highways and obtain all right of way from landowners for construction. They also perform all construction survey work as well as inspect and direct the actual construction work done by various contractors. In addition, this staff issues, tracks and maintains all driveway access permits, right of way work permits and moving permits and plats for our county. This group works closely with the GIS and Survey employees, MN/DOT, Cities, Townships, contractors, County Recorders, and Attorneys.
This office is responsible for restoring and perpetuating the corner monuments of our Public Land Survey System. Most of this work is done with "GPS" (Global Positioning System) equipment with supplements of older methods where necessary. This group is busy keeping accurate parcel mapping of the entire county. In addition, they prepare right of way plats for the engineering division, check and approve all plats within the county and provide tax legal descriptions, benchmarks and survey information to the public as well as other county departments.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS):
A very basic definition of what GIS people do is using a computer to make maps. Sherburne County does use GIS for creating and maintaining a wide variety of maps but GIS has many more uses. We use GIS for assigning E911 compliant addresses, keeping an inventory of roads, creating reports for the maintenance of a county wide layer. We have many layers of data that can be overlaid to create a map. Parcel lines on top of air photos for instance. This crew also develops databases and specialized mapping tools. A great example of GIS can be seen on our website under Public Works and then look for the Land Records Interactive Map.
This group maintains payroll, accounts payable, contracts payable, budgeting and all financial statements. They are also responsible for obtaining all outside funding for our construction, maintenance programs as well as collecting all monies for permits, materials, and services rendered by our department.
These individuals oversee the general running of Public Works. The Public Works director prepares the annual operating budget and meets with County Commissioners regularly.