Public Works

The goals of the Department of Public Works are to help provide a sanitary and safe quality of life for the residents of Clifton and to help preserve the beauty of the community for the citizens to enjoy.


To achieve this quality of life, the Department is divided into the following seven divisions:

  • Building and Grounds
  • Fleet Management
  • Recreation Maintenance Parks
  • Recycling
  • Sewers
  • Shade Tree
  • Streets and Roads

Shade Tree

The Shade Tree division is responsible for curbside branch pickup, the City's tree farm, and fall leaf collection. This division also responds to requests for tree trimming, removal, and stump grinding.


The Sewer Division maintains and repairs the City's underground infrastructure. There are 158.8 miles of sanitary sewer lines in the City as well as 50 miles of storm drains, 3,335 manholes an uncounted number of catch basins and two pump stations. This division responds to sanitary sewer blockages, house lateral stoppages, and storm drain problems. A separate crew is responsible for the maintenance and repair of storm drain inlets and manhole repairs. 

They also maintain brooks, streams and drainage ditches. Beginning this year, this division will also be responsible for storm basin cleaning. The division will also start preventative maintenance of sanitary sewer lines to include grease and root treatment.


The Recreation Maintenance Division is also responsible for the Parks Division. These divisions are responsible for maintaining all of the City ball fields and other City owned property. They also support the Recreation Department under the Director of Health and Welfare by assisting in preparing for programs and cleaning up after them.


The Fleet Management Division is the least visible of all of the divisions. The Fleet Management Division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all City owned vehicles. They work especially hard during the winter season, when City vehicles experience the most wear and tear.

Building & Grounds

The Building and Grounds Division is responsible for cleaning and repair of all City owned buildings, dealing with problems such as heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical repair, and small construction projects.

Street & Roads

The Street and Roads Division is responsible for maintenance of all 148 miles of City streets. They deal primarily with pothole patching, street sweeping, and small strip paving projects. They also work with the Sewer Division to replace and repair sidewalks and curbs.

Additional Information

Various other projects Public Works handles include snow plowing and removal and providing emergency barricades for use by other departments.

Should you have a question or concern regarding any of the functions of the Department, you can call 973-470-2237.