The Engineering Department participates in the City's review of the planning, design, and construction of a variety of public works, utility, and development projects. The City Engineer has a basic understanding of the City, State, and federal regulations and the zoning ordinance and other related City codes. The Engineer participates in the City's review of subdivision and building plans and assists in the compliance inspection of building and development construction. The Engineer works with City staff, contractors, general public, boards and commissions to provide input on engineering related issues.

The City Engineer, through the knowledge of the practices of civil engineering, leads the preparation of plans and specifications prepared by independent consultants to develop projects from concept stage to construction stage. Projects are developed in accordance with the goals of the City Manager and City Council.

Engineering Standards & Specifications

The City Engineer is responsible for recommending standards and specifications for the construction of public works projects including streets, sidewalks and utilities. Subsequently the City Council adopts these standards by Resolution in accordance with City Ordinance 165.58.

Resolution 18-243; passed on December 19th, 2018, adopts the latest version of the Statewide Urban Design and Standards (SUDAS) along with Hiawatha specific "General Supplemental Specifications". These specifications went into effect on January 1st, 2019. The links below include access to these documents.