The Jefferson City Public Works Department oversees many functions in the city. Public Works is responsible for maintaining city streets, street signs, pavement markings, brush and snow removal, street cleaning, storm drains, building maintenance, fleet and equipment maintenance, potable water management, and wastewater management. The Public Works Department works hard to keep the city clean, safe, and functional.
Call Public Works at 865-475-6617 or the Water Plant at 865-475-3251. If you are calling after business hours, please call the Water Plant.
Call Before You Dig – 811
Before you dig, call 811 to make sure you do not unintentionally dig into an underground utility line. You should call 811 a few business days before you begin any digging project, from small projects like planting trees or installing a mailbox to large projects like building an in-ground pool. After calling, wait a few days to make sure all utilities have responded to your request before you break ground. Once all utilities have marked their buried lines, you may dig, but be careful around any utility marks.
Used Oil Receptacle
The Public Works Department has a used oil receptacle for public use at our office where you can dispose of your used oil. You can use this receptacle to dispose of any type of used oil, but please refrain from disposing any type of gasoline here. Anyone can bring their used oil to the receptacle during normal business hours. Please contact our office at 865-475-6617 before bringing your used oil so that we know you are coming.
Leaf Collection Schedule
The Jefferson City Public Works Department will be using our leaf collection machine to pick up leaves beginning Monday, October 26, 2020. Un-bagged leaves may be placed at the curb for pickup from this date until Friday, January 8, 2021. Leaves can also be placed in bags for pickup during this time. The leaf collection route will be the same as our regular brush pickup route depending upon the amount of leaves to be picked up. Please remember that the Public Works Department can not cover an entire day’s route during the height of leaf pickup season. Daily schedules are kept as to the location of the route. These locations may be obtained by contacting Public Works at 865-475-6617.
The Public Works Department oversees brush pickup in Jefferson City. To have brush removed, pile it in a single pile next to the road (but not on the road) where our truck can pick it up. Here are some other rules to follow:
- No limbs longer than 12 feet
- Contractors are required to remove limbs and debris
- Do not pile brush under power lines
- No stumps – the landfill does not accept them
Bulky Waste Pickup
The Public Works Department also oversees the pickup and removal of bulky waste. Please separate your junk and brush piles, as these items are picked up by different trucks and disposed of at different locations within the landfill. Some other rules to follow:
- No household garbage
- No hazardous chemicals
- No food or perishable items
- No tires with rims attached
- Do not pile bulky waste in the streets
Household Garbage and Recycling
In Jefferson City, garbage and recycling are picked up by Waste Connections of Tennessee. To sign up for trash and recycling services, call Public Works at 865-475-6617. Please do not place yard waste, recycling, electronics, or hazardous household waste in the trash. Recycling pickup is biweekly.
No trash, yard waste, or recycling will be picked up on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. During holiday weeks, if your normal pickup day occurs on or after the holiday, your pickup will be delayed 1 day.
To carry out day-to-day duties, Public Works has over 30 employees and more than 70 vehicles and other equipment to provide service and maintenance to our city. If you are interested in working for the Public Works Department, check out these employment opportunities that are currently available.
Public Works Maintenance Worker
Starting pay is $10.85 per hour. Performs labor in a variety of unskilled or semi-skilled maintenance work, operates a variety of maintenance equipment used in the Sanitation and Street Departments in the repair, maintenance, cleaning of City Streets, installing street signs, moving, picking up brush, trimming trees, traffic signal repair, and trash pickup. Must be able to perform heavy tasks for an extended period of time. Drug test and physical required prior to employment.
Graduate from high school or GED equivalent, have some knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in maintenance, construction and repair activities. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Possess a TN CDL driver’s license or be able to obtain one within six (6) months of hire date.
Applications can be picked up and filed at the Public Works & Utilities facility, 1032 N Hwy 92, Jefferson City, TN 37760. We can be contacted at 865-475-6617 to request an application be emailed. Jefferson City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.