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
Seasonal Lagoon Turnover
In the spring, the air temperature begins to warm the lagoons' water, creating thermal instability. The warmer water on top of the lagoons will eventually mix with the cooler water on the bottom (water is most dense at 39 degrees F). As these layers mix, the solids that had settled over the winter months are resuspended. These solids have been anaerobically digesting, and this process creates gases as a byproduct, which can produce odors when released during seasonal mixing. Also, in the springtime, the warmer environment allows the bacterial activity to increase, and as the bacteria breakdown the stored organic wastes, odors are released. Layers of the lagoons change from an anaerobic condition (no oxygen) to an aerobic condition (with oxygen). This is said to be a “spring turn-over."
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