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Physical address:
110 S. Pine Street, Suite 221 
Santa Maria, CA 93458

Mailing address:
110 S. Pine Street, Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458 

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Fridays.

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The Department of Public Works/Engineering is responsible for ensuring that City-owned transportation infrastructure and facilities, transit services and capital improvement programs are designed, engineered, constructed, maintained and/or modified in a presentable and safe condition. The department coordinates a variety of activities and services including the preparation of plans and specifications for public works related construction projects; the design and inspection of public facilities; ensuring the proper installation of all public improvements made in new subdivisions, such as streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, water mains, sewer lines, and drainage; and provides custodial service to City facilities. The Streets division is responsible for preventive and regular maintenance of streets and appurtenant facilities. Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) system provides a regional public transportation service. 

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City Lights / Traffic Signals
Report inoperable streetlights and traffic signal concerns by contacting (805) 925-0951 ext. 2229. After hours or on weekends you may leave a message on the City's Streetlight Hotline - (805) 925-0951 ext. 2229.

City Sidewalk / Potholes
Report a damaged, raised or hazardous City sidewalk or a pothole by contacting (805) 925-0951 ext. 2229.

City Facilities
To report an unsafe condition at a City facility contact (805) 925-0951 ext. 2229.

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PublicWorksDirectorSTEVEN B. KAHN
Director of Public Works

City Phone: (805) 925.0951 ext. 2225 
City Fax: (805) 928-4995
E-Mail

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

Manager of Public Works Department, streets and facilities maintenance; transit system; and engineering.   

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:

  • Registered Civil Engineer - California
  • Licensed Land Surveyor - California
  • A.A., Cabrillo Junior College
  • B.S., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Director, Public Works Department, City of Santa Maria
  • Utilities Engineer, City of Santa Maria
  • Public Works Director, City of Atascadero
  • Senior Civil Engineer, City of Santa Maria
  • Senior Engineer, Engineering Development Associates
  • Staff Engineer, Central Coast Engineering

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers - SLO Branch
  • American Public Works Association – Central Coast Chapter

PERSONAL:

  • Marital status: Married 30 years
  • Children: Two
  • General interests: golfing, backpacking, gardening, ocean sports

Mission Statement

To effectively provide public works services to all City residents in a courteous, responsive, responsible and efficient manner.

2017-18 Goals/Objectives

  1.  Complete the reconstruction of College Drive between Betteravia and Battles roads into a four-lane road with bicycle lanes, landscaped medians, curb, gutter, sidewalk, landscaped parkway and streetlights, as part of the Enos Ranch Project. 
  2. Gain approval from Caltrans for the proposed traffic improvements, including realignments and extended turn lanes along East Betteravia Road near its intersection with Highway 101 and operational improvement to the southbound off-ramp, to improve traffic flow at the Enos Ranch and the Crossroads Center, and into the community. 
  3. Finish the construction of the new fiber-optic loop to interconnect most City facilities, to facilitate access to high-capacity broadband communication for departments, reduce operational costs, and to promote economic development efforts.             
  4. Finish construction of the 160-foot-tall radio tower at Los Flores Ranch Park, install the generator, and improve the road to an all-weather access road, to complete the City’s 700 MHz radio system infrastructure. 
  5. Identify, procure, and integrate a new comprehensive fleet software system to increase efficiency and enable comprehensive reports necessary for budgeting and analysis of the fleet equipment. 
  6. Coordinate with the Community Development Department to engage the community on the development of a Downtown Multimodal Streetscape Plan and develop initial design concepts for Downtown multimodal circulation with Caltrans. 
  7. Achieve the full conversion of all City-owned street lights to LED lighting, to improve street lighting, enhance public safety, and reduce ongoing energy costs. 
  8. Complete the renovations at Buena Vista Park, to include new walkways, trees, lawn area, recreation facilities, and gathering areas, while incorporating the existing Camp Fire Cabin. 
  9. Complete the installation of concrete ADA ramps on Railroad Avenue between Morrison Avenue and Mariposa Way and on South Bradley Road in the area of Allan Hancock College, and also repair uplifted concrete sidewalk along North Broadway (Highway 135). 
  10. Reconfigure traffic control and road improvements on North Depot Street and Railroad Avenue from Main Street (Highway 166) north to Tunnell Drive, to enhance public safety. 

 

 


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