Public Works

Mission Statement

The Department of Public Works mission is to support and enhance a high quality of life for the residents of the City of Okeechobee, businesses, and visitors by providing well planned, environmentally responsible, cost effective infrastructure and services to promote public health, personal safety, economic growth and civic vitality.


Responsibilities

  • Maintenance of streets
  • Drainage
  • Parks
  • Right of way maintenance
  • Maintenance of City owned buildings and facilities

Vision

The Public Works Department strives to be a respected and recognized leader within the community and to provide the highest level of customer services to our customers, City residents, businesses, visitors, and other City departments.


Value Statement

The Public Works Department values excellent customer service, teamwork and craftsmanship in the performance of our daily work and service to the community.

The City of Okeechobee Public Works Director is David Allen. The director of this department supervises all employees assigned to the Public Works Department and is responsible for the proper maintenance of the buildings and the equipment used in the operation of the department. The director of this department performs any other duties which may be prescribed by the City Council.


Contact Information

David Allen
Public Works Director
(863) 763-9790
dallen@cityofokeechobee.com

Kay Matchett
Public Works Secretary
(863) 763-9791
kmatchett@cityofokeechobee.com


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I report a street light that is not operating?

A. Street light maintenance in the city is performed by three groups:

  • For street light issues with the decorative street lights on South Park Street contact public works at 863-763-3926.
  • For maintenance of the aluminum street light poles on state highways, US 441 (Parrott Ave) and SR 70 (Park Street) contact Jorgensen Contract Services, LLC at 863-261-8158.
  • For street light issues contact Florida Power and Light on their web page.

Q. How do I report potholes, damaged street signs or other roadway issues?

A. Street maintenance issues should be reported to Public Works by calling 863-763-3926 or by email to kmatchett@cityofokeechobee.com.


Q. How do I report drainage issues along City Streets?

A. Drainage issues should be reported to Public Works by calling 863-763-3926 or by email to kmatchett@cityofokeechobee.com.


Q. I am starting a new business and want to know how much parking will be required?

A. Parking requirements are covered in sections 90-481 to 90-513 of the City of Okeechobee Code of Ordinances.


Q. I want to install a new culvert to add a driveway to my property, what do I need to do?

A. New driveway connections require a Driveway Connection Permit. The property owner is responsible for providing the new culvert for the driveway. Public Works will set the new culvert to the proper elevation and then the property owner is responsible for proper backfill over the culvert and construction of the driveway.


Q. Does the City of Okeechobee provide water or sanitary sewer services?

A. No, water and sanitary services are provided by the Okeechobee Utility Authority or 863-763-9460.


Q. How do I report tree branches that are obstructing the sidewalk or roadway?

A. Tree branches obstructing sidewalks or roadways should be reported to Public Works by calling 863-763-3926 or by e-mail to kmatchett@cityofokeechobee.com.


Q. The street sign on my block is missing or damaged, how do I get it replaced?

A. Missing street or traffic signs should be reported to Public Works by calling 863-763-3926.


Q. Who do I call if there is a dead animal in the road?

A. The City of Okeechobee contracts with Okeechobee County for Animal Control issues. They can be reached at (863) 357-3225.


Q. Who do I call to report a traffic signal outage?

A. Traffic signal outages should be reported by calling 911.


Q. Does the City of Okeechobee provide water or wastewater service?

A. No, water and wastewater service within the city is provided by the Okeechobee Utility Authority (863) 763-9460.