The Public Works Department is made up of various sub-departments including Fleet, Line Repair, Streets/Stormwater and Traffic, Wastewater, and Water. Each week, over 100 employees are responsible for the maintenance, monitoring, and improvement of existing and new infrastructure across League City which includes everything from roadways and traffic lights to storm drains, sewers, and water production.
Below are some tips and projects they are working on:
Public Works Adds TMA “Crash” Truck to Their Fleet
The Public Works Traffic & Transportation Division has added a new vehicle to its fleet. This new vehicle is a TMA Truck or often called a “crash truck” because it has a Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) on the back. TMA trucks are designed to absorb the impact of a high (or low) speed crash, decrease damage made to the vehicles, and save workers’ lives. The recent purchase was procured through Grant funding to help with traffic control when performing work on Texas Department of Transportation roadways. With the increase in drivers traveling these roadways the TMA truck will increase safety for both our crews working and the travelling public. The TMA truck will not only help with safety and visibility but will be able to communicate to drivers thru the Waze Traffic App notifying users of the app in real time the location of the lane closure in the area where it is deployed. Another feature of the truck is a message board mounted on the back. This enables us to get the truck to a location quickly and get a message to drivers when there is a traffic problem ahead. This is especially helpful when we have an urgent request to assist our emergency services departments when called upon. The message board is also equipped with a driver feedback feature to notify drivers when they are traveling over the speed limit for traffic calming or as an additional notification when there is a reduced speed limit as part of the work zone.
Annual Water Well Performance Testing
One of Water Production Department’s annual preventive maintenance programs is performance testing of the City’s eight groundwater wells. These tests consist of measuring voltage/amperage, vibration, static/pumping water levels and pumping capacity, as well as other visual checks performed while onsite. Performing these tests annually provide confidence in reliability of groundwater well operations during emergencies or periods of high-water demand.
Fleet’s Drainage Issues Corrected with Assistance from Streets/Stormwater
Fleet staff, with the assistance of Street and Stormwater, were able to correct a drainage issue in the fleet shop. Using the appropriate equipment staff was able to clean out the main drain line and get regular operations back up and running.
“What Are These Brown Patches in my Yard?”:
- Fungus (spores may be spread by rain, humidity, and lawn equipment) that causes brown, circular or irregular patches on lawns
- Grass blades are affected but stolons (or runners) remain green
- Patches appear in late Spring and early Fall (when nighttime temperatures are cooler)—avoid overfertilization and overwatering during these periods
- Fungicides may be applied preventatively
Check out the following website for more information on Brown Patch: https://plantdiseasehandbook.tamu.edu/landscaping/lawn-turf/sorted-by-names-of-diseases/brown-patch/