The Newport Public Works Division, under the direction of Community Services Director Doug Roell, provides many essential functions with a primary focus on providing street maintenance. This department of only nine full time employees and one mechanic does a tremendous amount of work year round to help maintain a high quality of life and safe conditions for our residents and visitors alike. Among their many regular responsibilities is maintenance of street signs, repair of potholes, and maintenance of lane markers and crosswalks.
The Public Works Division is also responsible for the following:
The Public Works Facility/"City Garage" is located at:
114 East Eleventh Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071
The Public Works Division is committed to making Newport a clean and attractive place to live and work!
City owned trees are managed by the Public Works division and the part-time city arborist. Learn more about Newport’s tree canopy goals and other efforts underway to maintain and improve our tree canopy.
Our Public Works crews operate the City´s street sweeper. The street sweeper routinely covers the entire street grid of the City on a monthly basis from March through November. Please abide by the posted no parking signs in the neighborhoods. There are two reasons for this request. First, our crews frequently work in rainy weather since "sweeping" when the road is wet can be more effective. Secondly, there are times that the street sweeper needs to return to make a second pass. Having the path clear for the street sweeper is the best way for you to help us keep the streets clean. Cars can be ticketed during the posted days and times for street sweeping even if you think the sweeper may have passed or isn't coming that day.
Please do not blow grass clippings, debris, and litter into the street because this can clog the storm sewer basins and cause localized flooding.
A Few Words on Winter Weather
When winter weather events come our way, our Public Works Crew is hard at work for you!
1) As always, the hospital routes and the hills in the city are the first to be treated.
2) Flat areas such as the basin area of the city are the second streets to be treated.
3) Side streets and secondary routes are the third streets to be treated.
A few residents have asked about what is used to treat the streets. We use salt that has been treated with beet juice. It has a brown appearance but it is treated salt, not sand. This works at lower temperatures and increases the ability to remove accumulating snow all the way down to the road surface because the treated salt prevents packing and sticking.
Thank you for your patience and support! We appreciate our residents continuing to use caution and good safety practices and looking out for neighbors during severe weather events.
Changes to trash and recycling collection went into effect July 1, 2017. Recycling collection is available to all residents at no addtional cost and trash collection is once a week. Recyling is collected on the same day as trash. All Newport households currently have a Rumpke 95-gallon trash cart. (Residents may choose to use their own trash containers as long as it has a lid.) Residents recieved a 65-gallon recycling cart delivered to their home the last week of June 2017. All residents received a flyer mailed to their home detailing the changes and explaining what is acceptable in recycling collection and a postcard advising residents what their new collection day will be. You can also check the searchable map or the neighborhood overview to find your collection day.
We ask that residents put both trash and recyling containers out for collection no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before collection and no later than 6 a.m. on the day of collection. Collection of both trash and recyling will be from the area where you previously placed your trash can (for some this is an alley behind the home.)
There will be collection on July 4 (Independence Day). The only holidays with interrupted service are Christmas Day and New Year's Day, when those holidays fall on a regular collection day, those collections only will move to the next business day.
To learn about Rumpke recycling watch this video.
Special large item disposal opportunities are announced in the spring and fall.
No dumping is allowed anywhere in the city. Violators who dump at the city garage or at other locations in the city can and will be cited. Cameras are often used in problem areas to identify and assist in the prosecution of violators. If you see someone dumping tires, furniture or other waste in alleys or anywhere in the city please call the Police immediately and report as much as you can such as the exact location and a description of the vehicle and person(s) you observed. Thank you for helping us keep Newport clean.
Trash containers should not exceed 30 gallons and waste wheelers are not to exceed 95 gallons. All garbage should be placed in watertight containers - that is a can or wheeler with a lid. Keeping a lid on your trash helps prevent blowing litter in our neighborhoods, clogged storm drains, and messes created by stray animals. Not having a lid on your trash is a citable offense.
Shrubs or loose materials may be placed at the curb for collection and should be placed in a container or tied in bundles not exceeding four feet in length and not exceeding 75 pounds. The waste wheelers provided by Rumpke are coded and can be tracked to the assigned address. If your can is missing please report this to the Police Department which will begin the process of getting a replacement can. If your can is badly worn and needs to be replaced, please call Rumpke at 859.472.7339.
Trash and recycling should not be put out earlier than 5 p.m. the evening before collection and containers must be brought in the day of collection. In extreme weather the trash may be collected earlier or later than usual - please be patient. (In the summer they may start a bit earlier than usual to try to "beat the heat", in winter they may come later than usual if snow or ice has slowed collection. Also in the summer there may occasionally be drivers covering additional routes due to vacations which may make collection on your route take a bit longer. If you observe that trash was collected from your neighbors homes but yours was missed even thought it was placed at the curb early, please call Rumpke to report the "missed pick up" at 859.472.7339.
To report a street light out, contact Duke Energy through their website or by calling 513.421.9500. It is most helpful if you can provide the pole number, or at least the closest address. They would also like to know if the light is just out, flickering, on at the wrong time, or if it is obviously broken or damaged.
To report a traffic light out, please call Kentucky Highway Department District 6 at 859.341.2700. It is most helpful to provide the location by intersection and what the problem is (such as one light burned out, entire unit completely out, lights flashing, or sequencing issue.)