Public Works Department

Public Works provides a wide range of services, including street maintenance, engineering design, development review, infrastructure maintenance, environmental quality, forestry, and fleet services. The department ensures that the City's infrastructure is safe and well maintained, which supports the quality of life and serves as a foundation of a healthy economy. As guided by the City's Strategic Plan, Public Works serves as a steward of the City's physical assets and ensures that residents live in a safe, secure, and thriving community.


The mission of the Public Works Department is to provide for the effective and effiecent design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the City's infrastructure. In pursuit of this mission, the Public Works Department is organized into several divisions. These divisions work together to cooridinate services and to acheive the following objectives:

  • To provide and maintain the municpal street, alley, and sidewalk systems
  • To provide convenient, well-maintained parking facilities in the downtown area
  • To provide quality fleet services through maintenance and repair, to prolong the life of City equipment
  • To provide and operate a community Waste Water Treatment Facility
  • To provide and operate a Municipal Seperate Storm Sewer System (MS4)
  • To provide and properly manage a yard waste compost site
  • To protect the environment through administration of programs and permits
  • To maintain a healthy and diverse urban forest
  • To provide utilities services to our customers in a safe, cost-effective manner
  • To provide design, maintenance, and construction of Owatonna's transportation system

Latest News and Information:  

2018 Construction Projects

2018 Stormwater Utility Fees - effective January 1st, 2018

ADA Transition Plan - Approved January 3rd, 2017

Friday, April 29:   12:15 p.m. – Arbor Day tree planting in honor of the three 2015 City retirees, Kay Schmidt, Greg Thomas and Gary Boettcher, front steps of the West Hills City Administration Building

Stormwater Utility Quickfacts

Stormwater Utility Fee Update - rate increase effective January 1st, 2017

Current Construction Projects