Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
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Section 11.01 Director.

There shall be a Department of Public Works, the head of which shall be the Director of Public Works, who shall be the Town Manager or a person appointed by the manager.

Section 11.02 Qualifications.

The Director of Public Works, if the director be other than the Town Manager, shall have at least a minimum of five (5) years experience in municipal engineering.

Section 11.03 Organization.

Further organization of the department into divisions or offices shall be made by the Town Council upon the recommendation of the Town Manager. The office of Town Engineer shall be included in the Department of Public Works.

Section 11.04 Functions.

[Amended 11-7-1978]
The Department of Public Works shall be responsible for the functions and services of the town relating to:
(a) 
Streets, highways, sidewalks, bridges, water courses and storm sewers;
(b) 
The construction, maintenance, repair, and operation of all public buildings and other properties, other than those of the School Department, belonging to or used by the town;
(c) 
The regulation of weights and measures;
(d) 
Solid and liquid waste disposal; and
(e) 
Any other functions as the Town Council may prescribe.

Section 11.05 Cooperation with other departments.

The Department of Public Works, under the direction of the Town Manager, shall cooperate with other departments, offices, or agencies of the town by furnishing labor, materials, and equipment provided that the cost of such cooperative effort be charged to the appropriation of the agencies thus served.

Section 11.06 Appointments.

The Town Manager shall be, or the manager shall appoint or designate the following:
(a) 
The tree warden;
(b) 
The town engineer;
(c) 
The building inspector and assistants of the building inspector, including the plumbing and electrical inspector; and
(d) 
The sealer of weights and measures.
The person holding any of said offices shall have all the powers and duties prescribed by ordinances of the Town Council and the laws of the state. The Director of Public Works shall have general supervision over the operation of said offices.