Chapter 2.68
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Sections:

2.68.010    Department of public works established.

2.68.020    Authority of department.

2.68.021    Right of entry.

2.68.030    Administrative responsibility.

2.68.035    Delegation of authority concerning real property conveyances for road projects.

2.68.037    Delegation of authority to determine emergencies and imminent dangers related to hydraulic project approvals.

2.68.040    Financing.

2.68.050    Departmental rules.

2.68.060    Duty to operate solid waste disposal sites.

2.68.010 Department of public works established.

The board of county commissioners does hereby create a department of public works which shall be organized and function as any other department of the county.

(Res. adopted August 14, 1972).

2.68.020 Authority of department.

The department of public works is hereby directed, authorized and empowered to implement, or cause and manage the implementation of, all public works projects now or hereafter lawfully undertaken by the county and enumerated in this chapter, and to operate and maintain, or cause and regulate the operation and maintenance of, publicly owned properties, systems and facilities which are a part of such public works projects.

(Res. adopted August 14, 1972).

2.68.021 Right of entry.

The director of public works and his agents, in the performance of their functions and duties, may enter upon any land, public or private, in the county to make examinations, surveys, locations and appraisals for county road purposes. Said entries shall not be performed in such a manner as to do damage to the land or interfere with the use of land by those persons lawfully entitled to its possession.

(Ord. 80-080, adopted October 13, 1980).

2.68.030 Administrative responsibility.

A director of public works shall be appointed by the board of county commissioners. He shall be responsible for the proper and efficient operation of the department of public works. He shall be directly responsible to the board of county commissioners. He shall have the responsibility of employing, supervising and dismissing the personnel of the department of public works.

(Res. adopted August 14, 1972).

2.68.035 Delegation of authority concerning real property conveyances for road projects.

The director of public works or the county engineer shall have the power to accept on behalf of the county, deeds and other conveyances of real property necessary for the implementation of road projects specifically authorized and funded by the Snohomish county council or tendered in compliance with a condition of land use or development permit approval pursuant to adopted land use, development or engineering standards and regulations. With the concurrence of the director of planning and development services or his delegate, the director of the department of public works or the county engineer may delegate the authority vested in this section related to development permit approval, if the director or county engineer determines, in his or her discretion, that the delegation will improve delivery of services in the development permitting process or will serve the public health, safety, and welfare. In delegating such authority, the director of public works may reserve the right of final decision.

(Added Ord. 92-089, Aug 19, 1992; Ord. 02-026, Eff. Date August 9, 2002; Ord. 05-116, Nov. 21, 2005, Eff date Dec. 18, 2005).

2.68.037 Delegation of authority to determine emergencies and imminent dangers related to hydraulic project approvals.

(1.) The director of public works is authorized to declare an emergency pursuant to RCW 77.55.021(8) and to determine imminent danger exists pursuant to RCW 77.55.021(10) for the limited purpose of facilitating appropriate action by the department of fish and wildlife on applications for hydraulic project approval permits for projects to be undertaken by the county.

(2.) As used in this section, the terms "emergency" and "imminent danger" shall have the meanings set forth in RCW 77.55.011.

(Added by Ord. 10-075, Sept. 29, 2010, Eff date Oct. 11, 2010

2.68.040 Financing.

The department of public works shall incur no financial obligations nor authorize any financial expenditures except for such purposes as are expressly authorized in advance by the board of county commissioners in such a manner as the law provides.

(Res. adopted August 14, 1972).

2.68.050 Departmental rules.

The director of public works shall establish and adopt such rules and procedures as are necessary to assure thorough and expeditious dealing with matters properly the concern of the department of public works; except, that such procedures shall not be in contravention of state law or county resolution.

(Res. adopted August 14, 1972).

2.68.060 Duty to operate solid waste disposal sites.

The department of public works shall be the operating authority for all solid waste disposal sites owned or operated by the county. Operation of such sites shall comply with SCC 7.40.040.

*Code reviser’s note: Chapter 7.40 SCC was repealed by Ord. 83-151.

(Res. adopted August 14, 1972).