- Maintains, installs and repairs all traffic signs on City rights-of-way.
- Maintains and installs all pavement markings within City rights-of-way, including center-lines, edge-lines, stop bars, railroad markings, and downtown parking space lines.
- Provides traffic control for street repair/construction projects and during special events such as parades and festivals.
- Makes daily repairs of potholes, driveway tie-ins, and paving sections of streets.
- This division oversees the overlay and rebuilding of streets and the replacement of curb and gutter by contractors.
- Maintains approximately 420 miles of City streets with the exception of the following which are maintained by the Mississippi Department of Transportation:
- Gloster Street
- Highway 45
- McCullough Boulevard
- Highway 78
- West Main Street
- East Main Street excluding the section from Gloster Street to Highway 45, which is maintained by the City.
- Constructs and maintains drainage systems throughout the City to allow adequate removal of storm water by means of open ditches, streets, curb inlets, culverts, box culverts, bridges and other structures necessary to accomplish this task.
- This division is also responsible for herbicide spraying to prevent vegetation from growing and thus hindering water flow within City maintained ditches.
- The City of Tupelo strives to prevent pollution. Residents are urged to keep hazardous materials and trash out of the storm water system to protect the quality of the rivers and streams and to prevent flooding.
- This Division is responsible for maintaining vehicles and equipment from the following City Departments.
- Administrative Department
- Fire Department
- Police Department including: Narcotics/Municipal Court/Litter Bus
- Planning Department
- Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Parks and Recreation
- Public Works
- The types of repairs range from minor, such as service work, to extensive, including major rebuilds.
- This division works on various types of equipment and vehicles from a weedeater to heavy machinery. An in-house body shop is dedicated to repairing, repainting, and restoring damaged vehicles. The body shop also installs all special lighting, radios and department decals.
- Maintains 25 City buildings.
- Performs repairs on City buildings. These repairs range in size and complexity. Projects may include carpentry, electrical, computer wiring, telephone wiring, plumbing, HVAC and miscellaneous equipment.
- Provides preventive maintenance on most City buildings and equipment. Schedules renovations and repairs when needed.
- Minor construction projects are performed by this division.
- Maintains or administers janitorial services at several buildings owned by the City.
- Maintains City fuel center, photo systems and computer wiring.
- The Brush Division operates five trucks. This crew removes large items that Waste Management cannot pick up such as brush, trees, couches, refrigerators, and lumber from the City rights-of-way.
- The City is divided into four sections; within these sections, each truck has a specific route. Routes within the four sections are covered at least one time monthly during Spring and Fall. Between December and March the routes are covered weekly.
- The City of Tupelo Public Works Department (662- 841-6457) is here to serve our citizens.However, due to City Council guidelines and the Department of Environmental Quality requirements.: List of things we DO NOT pick up.
- The Public Works Department currently has two street sweepers in operation. The City is divided into four sections; within these sections each street sweeper has a specific route. Routes within the four sections are covered at least one time monthly.
- Supervises the removal of leaves from City streets and storm drain inlets during the fall and winter.
- Coordinates removal and installation of A.D.A. compliant sidewalks and ramps throughout the City.
- This division is responsible for utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS) software to keep current an inventory of properties and rights-of-way maintained by the Public Works Department.
- This Crew is responsible for the roadside vegetation management program involving 320 miles of roadside.
- Mows 940 acres of rights-of way.
- 387 acres of roadside are treated with herbicides for Bermuda release.
- Approximately 350 acres of vacant properties are mowed and treated with the herbicide program for Bermuda release thus reducing operating expenses.
- This division maintains all trees on City rights-of-way and public properties. Some trees require corrective pruning, cause visibility problems or create a hazard resulting in removal.
- Plants approximately 200 trees each year throughout the City.
- Maintains 450 landscape beds and approximately thirty acres of green space throughout the year.
- Maintains the grounds and rose garden at City Hall.
- This division installs new landscape beds and repairs damaged beds.
- Trims and maintains all ornamental shrubs and trees within City maintained cemeteries.
- Sprays beds weekly for weed control beginning in early spring and going through early winter.
- Waters all landscape beds and new trees throughout the City as needed.
- Plants bulbs in late winter or early spring at various locations throughout the City.
- This division is responsible for daily cleaning of the alleys, trash cans, planters, landscape beds and sidewalks within the downtown area.
- In 2006 the Public Works Department completed a tree farm on South Lawndale Road. Approximately 1,200 trees have been planted thus far on the 10 acre tree farm. The goal is to have an inventory that includes each type of tree currently maintained by the City of Tupelo. When a tree dies or must be removed one of the same species will be readily available for use as a replacement.
- This division is responsible for selling and recording cemetery plots. Cemetery plots may be purchased Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A staff member responsible for selling cemetery plots and marking grave sites is on call every weekend and every holiday.
- The cost for a cemetery plot is $250.
- The City maintains four cemeteries encompassing approximately 48.5 acres, they include:
- Porters Cemetery
Located at the end of Lockridge St.
Cemetery lots are available
- Springhill Cemetery
Located on the East side of North Green St.
No cemetery lots are available
- Tupelo Memorial Park
Located on the West side of Joyner Ave.
Cemetery lots available
- Glenwood Cemetery
Located on the Northwest corner of North Green Street & East Jackson.
No cemetery lots are available
- Citizens may take recyclable products to City recycling bins located at:
- Northeast of the intersection of West Main Street and Coley Road behind Fire Station Six.
- On the East side of North Commerce Street at the City compost site.
- The following items may be placed in the recycling bins:
- Newspaper and cardboard
- Aluminum and steel cans
- Plastic bottles #1 and #2 (number found on bottom of bottle) (soft drink, milk, detergent, etc.
- Items that CANNOT be placed in the recycling bins:
- Oil/Paintcans/Aerosol cans/pie plates or ovenware
- Foams/styrofoam/plastic bags/toys/pesticide/motor oil bottles
- Bound or plastic wrappers
- The Public Works Department offers a service to citizens by providing a collection point for household hazardous waste products. Citizens may take these products roducts to the Public Works Department, located at 604 Crossover Road. A sign designating the drop-off point is located on the west end of the office building. Collected materials will be recycled or disposed of properly.
- List of Recyclable and Non-Recyclable Items
- Leaves and grass clipping may be taken to the compost site located on the East side of North Commerce Street. Leaves must not be in bags or mixed with garbage.
- Compost can be obtained free of charge when available. Loading is provided on Thursdays (holidays excluded) between 1:00 p.m. and 5 p.m.
- Mosquito spraying usually starts in early summer and lasts until early fall, depending on the weather.
- The City of Tupelo can treat standing water with larvacide, depending upon the source and location of the water.
- The large truck sprayer is used for call-in requests and regular routes throughout the neighborhoods.
- Weather permitting, the Right’s-of-Way Division responds to citizen’s request for mosquito spraying. To put your address on the spray list, please call 662-841-6457.
- Mosquito and West Nile Information