To provide technical and engineering expertise and support to the County Council and all County Departments mainly the Department of Public Works consisting of Highway, Solid Waste, Maintenance and Airport.
Current engineering staff consists of one professional engineer, an environmental specialist and a right of way and permits coordinator.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND FUNCTIONS
The function of the Engineering Division has been incorporated into the County Department of Public Works. Functions include providing technical support and expertise to the County Council and County Departments. This is a very broad function that includes numerous responses to inquiries form the public concerning problems as they arise in addition to mandated reviews and inspections concerning stormwater and sediment and erosion control and general engineering work in support of capital improvements throughout the County. Responses range from simple technical advice to complete design, permitting, funding acquisition and administration, inspection and construction of projects. Some of the Division’s activities include:
Technical Review – subdivision plans, stormwater management plans, sediment and erosion control plans, subdivision road plans, bridge and roadway rehabilitation plans, dredging and dredge disposal plans, County building ADA compliance.
Permitting – stormwater management, grading and forestry permits are issued by the Highway Division subject to review by the Engineering Division. Over 200 of these permits were issued in 2002. Stormwater flow calculations, stormwater management structures sizing and sediment and erosion control measures must be checked prior to issuing the permit. It is required that site inspections be conducted at least every two weeks for all grading permits. The County must inspect the over 50 permanent stormwater management structures every three years. The ROW Specialist currently in the Highway Division and Engineering staff when available does these inspections.
Inspections – the Engineering Division assists in the aforementioned stormwater management and grading permit inspections. The Division also has inspection responsibilities for new County construction projects, and other ongoing stormwater, roadway and new subdivision roads.
Permit Acquisition and Reporting – all construction projects require environmental permits. Application for non-tidal and tidal wetland permits, sediment and erosion control permits and federal Section 404 permits, and approvals by the Critical Area Commission and Maryland Historical Trust for County funded projects are initiated by the Engineering Division. These applications require field surveys and development of plans to assure compliance with environmental laws prior to construction beginning. The Division also files required reports and test results for existing oil storage permits and an air quality control permit for various Highway Division facilities. Engineering also does the reapplication for these permits.
In House Design – preparation of engineering drawings and bid specifications for a wide variety of County projects including: boat ramps, roadway improvements (realignment, widening, ditch and shoulder work), dredge spoil site design, channel dredging, building renovations, stormwater drainage improvements
Funding Applications – various grant and loan funding applications to State (DNR, SHA, MDE) and Federal (FHA, EPA, COE) agencies.
Contact Person for the Engineering Division is
Greg LeBlanc, County Engineer
5435 Handley Road
Cambridge, MD 21613