As we continue moving forward through 2016, it is a good time to both reflect on OC Public Works’ progress over the previous couple of years and to look ahead to the many things to be accomplished in the coming months. It has been an opportunity for our department to focus on continuous improvement in the areas of efficiency and customer service.
It is because of our staff – their commitment, expertise, hard work, ingenuity and more -- that OCPW is one of the most efficient departments at the County of Orange. From designing award-winning projects, to finding innovative ways to streamline our processes, to working in the field through late hours of the night to ensure the public is safe, their roles are critical and greatly appreciated.
I want to highlight some of the amazing accomplishments across all of the OC Public Works teams over the past two years:
OC Animal Care Shelter: Coordinated the County’s first “Design-Build” procurement process that will help deliver the planned project in much more efficient manner.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Coordinated and received approval of a license agreement to expand the County’s use of GIS technology that will improve service to the public.
Coyote Creek bikeway: Facilitated completion of a 2-mile Coyote Creek bikeway segment of the overall planned 66-mile OC Loop.
Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinance: Created and received Board of Supervisors approval of the County’s first wireless communications facilities ordinance after thorough coordination with regional utilities and resident groups.
Central Utility Facility: Coordinated efforts to obtain approval for $68 million in bonds to upgrade the County’s Central Utility Facility, a clean energy facility that efficiently powers County, State and Federal facilities located within the Santa Ana Civic Center
County Vehicle Standardization: Overseeing the maintenance, policies and procedures of County vehicles across all departments, OC Public Works implemented standard vehicle and equipment specifications countywide to enhance operational efficiency and consistency.
Countywide El Nino Preparation & Response: Provided thousands of sandbags to residents, installed thousands of feet of protective barriers, implemented new equipment, technology, enhanced OC Public Works’ Department Operations Center, and coordinated with OC Sheriff’s Department, OC Fire Authority and many other agencies – all to keep our Orange County communities safe.
And much more!
Looking ahead, OC Public Works will continue to efficiently deliver services and infrastructure projects that enhance our communities and increase our use of advanced technology that further improves customer service. It is all part of our mission each and every day to enrich and protect the communities we serve.
Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.
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