The Public Works Department is located at 801 Prairie Street in the City of Harrisburg (approximately six blocks South of the City Hall Office building).
As one of the original departments for the City of Harrisburg the Public Works Department handles the maintenance of the City's infrastructure, this includes:
- City-owned property
The Public Works Superintendent is Toby Huizenga.
Contact information for the Public Works Department:
- Toby Huizenga, Public Works Director Phone (Office): 605.767.0075, Email: Toby.Huizenga@HarrisburgSD.gov
- Dustin Preheim, Asst. Public Works Director Phone (Office): 605.767.0075, Email: Dustin.Preheim@HarrisburgSD.gov
- Jason Thurston, Parks Supervisor Phone (Office): 605.767.0075, Email: Jason.Thurston@HarrisburgSD.gov
- Chris Kullander, Phone (Office): 605.767.0075, Email: Chris.Kullander@HarrisburgSD.gov
- David Rennich, Phone (Office): 605.767.0075, Email: David.Rennich@HarrisburgSD.gov
- Nolan Meyer, Phone (Office): 605.767.0075, Email: Nolan.Meyer@HarrisburgSD.gov
- Jacob Wagoner, Phone (Office): 605.767.0075, Email: Jacob.Wagoner@HarrisburgSD.gov
- Part-time public works employee: Gene Hammerstrom, Phone (Office): 605.767.0075, Email: Gene.Hammerstrom@HarrisburgSD.gov
- Part-time public works employee: Larry Plucker, Phone (Office): 605.767.0075
The Public Works Department currently operates and maintains
36 miles of water mains
31 miles of sanitary sewer
6 miles of storm sewer
22 miles of streets
Wastewater Lagoon Fall Turn-over
In the fall, air temperature cools the top layer of water in the lagoons, creating "thermal instability." The cooler surface water sinks down, displacing warmer water at the bottom and dislodging the septic solids. The lagoon is said to "turn over".
As the colder water sinks to the bottom of the lagoon, it dislodges the solids settled at the bottom, which have been quietly anaerobically digesting. The anaerobic digestion process releases gas as a byproduct, which becomes entrained in the sludge. Once dislodged, the gas trapped in the sludge causes it to rise from the bottom of the lagoon and float. With the rising gas byproduct of anaerobic digestion, unpleasant lagoon odors are released in the atmosphere. These odors, couples with those of the floating sludge mat, are strong during lagoon turnover.
SNOW ALERT INFORMATION
A Snow Alert will be declared when there is a chance of 2" or greater accumulation of snow or blowing snow, NO parking allowed on any city streets during the duration of the snow alert.
It is against regulations to run your sump pump hose into the City's sanitary sewer system (inside your home). Sump pump hoses should be draining away from your home and should not create a public nuisance or nuisance for your neighbor. The city conducts random inspections to ensure that this policy is enforced.
West Nile Protection
FIGHT THE BITE!
The city will be spraying for mosquitos this year. Please take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from West Nile. For more information, please visit: www.state.sd.us/doh/westnile
Sanitary Sewer Televising Plan