The Town of Lake Park's Public Works Department delivers exceptional service to our residents and businessess who consider Lake Park home. The Department's 7 divisions - Administration, Sanitation, Grounds Maintenance, Facilities, Vehicle, Streets and Roads, and Stormwater - provide cost effective, creative, and strategic solutions to provide a clean, safe, and high quality community to live, work, and play.
The Public Works Department is located at 640 Old Dixie Highway and is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Richard Scherle, M.P.A.
Public Works Director
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UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION DELAYS AT LOCAL RAILROAD CROSSINGS
Please be advised that due to the ongoing Brightline construction, the railroad crossing at Northlake Boulevard in Lake Park may be closed for up to two minutes at a time to allow trucks to enter and exit. The construction is scheduled between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM through Friday, August 21. Motorists are advised to exercise additional caution in the area.
In addition, construction at the railroad crossing at Blue Heron Boulevard will result in the full road closure from 6:00 AM Thursday, August 13, through 6:00 PM Thursday, August 20. This closure is required to install railroad crossing improvements. Detour information is as follows:
- Westbound Blue Heron Boulevard traffic wishing to continue west will travel south on Broadway Avenue to West 13th Street, travel west on West 13th Street to President Barack Obama Highway and travel north on President Barack Obama Highway to access Blue Heron Boulevard.
- Eastbound Blue Heron Boulevard traffic wishing to continue east will head south on President Barack Obama Highway to West 13th Street, travel east on West 13th Street to Broadway Avenue, and travel north on Broadway Avenue to access Blue Heron Boulevard.
CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY UPDATE
This is an unprecedented time for all of us. News is changing daily, sometimes even multiple times per day. Your Public Works team is working diligently to provide you with the level of service you expect from us, however impacts to our staff mean this may not always be possible. We know there may be challenges maintaining our current levels of service. At any time, we may need to suspend recycling, bulk trash and vegetative pickups, and reduce commercial dumpster services. Effective immediately, commercial cardboard dumpster pickups are suspended until April 19.
Please note, while Florida remains under a State of Emergency, the Town of Lake Park will not be issuing wrong day citations or special pickup fees.
The Town of Lake Park will always do our best to provide you with updates regarding any modifications in service you may experience. Please check our website, Facebook page and channel 18, regularly for the most up-to-date developments in Lake Park. Everyone at the Town appreciates your patience and understanding. We look forward to continuing to serve you, and wish you and yours the best of health.
Weekly Sanitation Update, Week of August 10, 2020:
Monday, August 10: Garbage can pickup
Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11: Vegetation pickup will begin on Monday and be completed on Tuesday
Wednesday, August 12: Recycling pickup
Thursday, August 13: Garbage can pickup
Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14: Bulk trash pickup will begin on Thursday and be completed on Friday
While we will do our best to adhere to this schedule, please understand it is subject to change as circumstances evolve. We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time.
Solid Waste Authority Asks Residents To Delay Yard Trimming And Securely Tie Garbage Bags
While garbage, recycling and bulk waste remain on schedule, the Solid Waste Authority has requested that Palm Beach County residents delay major yard trimming until May. Doing so will allow waste haulers to focus on the increase in home garbage and bulk items.
Since the start of the safer at home order in response to the ongoing health crisis, curbside vegetation collection is reported to be up more than 20 percent in some areas. With the stay at home order issued through April, it is anticipated this percentage will go up.
Residents are also asked to securely tie all garbage in plastic garbage bags. This additional precautionary measure includes securing all personal hygiene products, used tissues, paper towels, sanitary wipes, face masks, gloves, and similar items in plastic garbage bags, as it is not known whether the waste was handled by someone who is sick, caring for a sick family member or healthy. Garbage bags should be tied securely for disposal so waste workers do not come in contact with any potentially virus-contaminated waste.
SEACOAST UTILITY AUTHORITY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
Seacoast Utility Authority is undertaking a construction project to replace the water and sewer infrastructure within the Northlake Boulevard right-of-way between Alternate A1A and US-1. Construction began in January and will continue until approximately October 2020. Lane closures will continue during this period. Please note that at this time, daytime construction is expanded slightly in order to take advantage of the reduced traffic associated with COVID-19. For further information, please visit https://www.sua.com/sua_construction.
LAKESHORE DRIVE DRAINAGE PROJECT
1/2/2020 UPDATE: The design for the Lake Shore Drive Drainage system is 100% completed, and was the result of a year-long, intense process involving lots of technical analysis and stakeholder engagement. The Town successfully obtained all United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and South Florida Water Management (SFWMD) permits, and our primary objective now has shifted from design to securing the grant funding needed to begin construction of the project. We estimate that the project will cost approximately $5.5 million, with a significant portion coming from a federal Hazard Mitigation grant (HMGP). We are 100% focused on securing this grant, which has taken many months of review by State and Federal agencies. Once the funding is secured, the Public Works Department will begin the public procurement process in order to select a qualified contractor able to construct the project. Once the final contractor is selected, the Town will hold an additional community meeting to discuss how the construction will progress. We are very excited to be on the verge of implementing a much needed drainage project which will eleviate flooding and allow the area to adapt to future Sea Level Rise (SLR) through the year 2060. By clicking the above link, you will be able to view the Preliminary Design Report. The engineering analysis indicates a need for a pump station, roadway reconstruction, and stormwater detention/bio-swale area (among other things), part of which is planned to be located at the north end of Lakeshore Park.
STORMWATER MASTER PLAN PROJECT
3/23/20 UPDATE: The Town of Lake Park is currently working towards the development of a new storm water master plan, which will help the Town's drainage systems to become more effective with a focus on sustainability and resiliency. A $75,000 grant from the Florida Resilient Coastlines Program was awarded to the Town to help fund the master planning process. The new plan will emphasize comprehensive Town-wide use of Green Infrastructure and Low Intensity Development techniques to enhance the Town's drainage capacities, improve aethestics, and make the Town more environmentally friendly. Green Infrastructure is a cost effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts that provides many community benefits, and is a much different approach to stormwater management (as compared to traditional, yet extremely expensive, piping and detention areas). Green Infrastructure includes measures that use plant or soil systems, permeable pavement or other permeable surfaces or substrates, stormwater harvest and reuse, or landscaping to store, infiltrate, or evapotranspirate stormwater and reduce flows to sewer systems or to surface waters. This project is an exciting project for the Town, and is a new way of thinking about how we, as a community, manage storm water runoff. Committee meetings are held in the Town Hall Commission Chambers located at 535 Park Avenue, Lake Park, FL, 33403. As part of the planning process, we will be issuing public surveys to engage the community on stormwater-related issues. The first survey was distributed in December of 2019 and we are currently reviewing the results. We look forward to seeing you at the Committee meetings! Note, the dates of Committee meetings are listed on the Town calendar.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the sanitation pickup schedule for grey cans, vegetation, and bulk trash?
- Grey cans used for garbage are collected on Monday and Thursday.
- Vegetation is collected on Monday only.
- Recycling is collected on Wednesday only.
- Blue bins are for plastic, glass and aluminum.
- Yellow bins are for newspaper and mixed paper.
- Bulk trash is collected on Thursday only.
Customers may call for a special pickup at 561-881-3345 if service is needed on another day for a special fee.
When a holiday falls on a sanitation pickup day, when will my collection take place?
Generally, for all residential sanitation services, your regularly scheduled pickups will occur on the day following the holiday. For commercial pickups, your regularly scheduled pickups will occur as regularly scheduled, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Those pickups will occur on the day following the holiday.
Who do I call to fill a pothole in the street?
Potholes are filled by the Public Works Department. Please call 561-881-3345.
How do I apply for a right-of-way permit?
If you are attempting to do work in the public right-of-way, such as a roadway, swale, sidewalk, or other public area, a right-of-way permit is required. Please call the Public Works Department at 561-881-3345 to obtain a permit form and instructions on how to apply.
Who maintains the swales in Town?
The swales are maintained by the property owner or their agent. The Town has recently placed a moratorium on new tree plantings in the swales due to the development of a new storm water masterplan. Tree plantings already require a permit, so please do not plant anything in your swale unless you have an approved permit. Improper plantings in the swale can hurt the drainage ability of the swale, and contribute to flood-like conditions in the area.
Who takes care of a tree blocking a stop sign at an intersection?
If the tree is on private property or in the swale, the property owner is responsible. The Town does have the authority to trim back trees that are a traffic safety hazard.
What materials can be recycled?
Place plastic, glass and aluminum in the blue curbside bin.
Newspaper and mixed paper in the yellow curbside bin.
Cardboard can be stacked between the two bins or deposited in the Solid Waste Authority Recycle roll-off bin beside the railroad tracks near Park Avenue.
Why wasn't my cardboard picked up?
Cardboard boxes must be broken down and cut no larger than 14" x 18". Only corrugated cardboard is accepted.
What items can be placed in the dumpster?
Household and/or commercial garbage MUST be bagged, trash and vegetation for pick up. The Town will not pickup: construction materials such as concrete, asphalt, plaster, rock, roofing materials, automotive parts including tires, car batteries, engine blocks, gas tanks, etc. or hazardous materials such as gasoline, lacquer, oil-based paint, explosives, motor oil, pressurized containers, etc. Call the Solid Waste Authority at 561-687-1100 for further disposal information.
Why was my dumpster not picked up?
There could be several reasons. Please call Public Works at 561-881-3345 if this should happen. Typical problems are a vehicle blocking access to the dumpster, dumpster overload, dumpster behind a locked gate, etc.
Why did I get a bill for $35?
A special pickup $35 fee is charged when garbage or trash is put out for collection and picked up on the wrong day. Also, if your trash or vegetation pile exceeds 20 cubic yards, you will be charged a special pickup fee of $35.00 plus the cost of disposal at the landfill (which is based on weight).
Is Lake Park responsible for water and sewer service?
No, for assistance please call Seacoast Utility Authority at 561-627-2900.
What is a storm drain?
A storm drain catches stormwater and carries it to the Intracoastal Waterway, South Lake or a South Florida Water Management canal. It is separate from the sewer system and is maintained by the Town. Stormwater is released untreated, and therefore, no other liquids or material should ever be deposited down a storm drain.
I just changed the oil in my car, what do I do with the waste oil?
Do not throw jugs of oil in the trash or dumpster. Do not pour down any storm drain or sewer pipe. Waste oil is recyclable and may be taken to the Lake Park Marina for recycling. Additionally, some local automotive repair centers accept waste oil.
Will the Town pick up home remodeling construction debris?
For extensive home projects, a construction roll-off dumpster is required. Call Public Works at 561-881-3345 for information. A small amount of debris from a minor home project may be collected. All debris must be 4' or less.
A sprinkler head is broken on public property, who do I call to report it?
Public Works maintains the irrigation systems in all the Town parks, medians, ball fields and around Town buildings. Call Public Works at 561-881-3345.
If a traffic sign is missing or a traffic signal is not working, who do I call?
Call Public Works at 561-881-3345. Traffic signs are maintained by the Town, but traffic signals are maintained by Palm Beach County or Florida Department of Transportation. The Town will report problems to the correct agency.
There is a street light out on my corner, who takes care of these lights?
Most street lights are repaired by Florida Power & Light, but some lights are maintained by the Town. Please report unlit street lights to Public Works at 561-881-3345.
How do I report a problem with railroad barricades crossing the tracks?
Railroad crossings are maintained by Florida East Coast Railroad. Call Public Works at 561-881-3345 and we will report any problems to the proper authorities.
Tree branches are growing into the power lines, who can cut these down?
Never cut any vegetation in or around power lines. Call Florida Power & Light Company at 561-994-8227 to report this problem.
The easement behind my house is overgrown with vegetation. Who is responsible for the maintenance?
Easements allow utility companies to reach and service their power lines, water and sewer lines, gas lines, etc. Most utility easements are mowed and cleared by the Town. Call Public Works at 561-881-3345 for further information.