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Public Works
The Public Works Department is located in the City Service Center and is responsible for street repair and maintenance, water treatment and distribution, trash collection, recycling, engineering, and GIS.

Bid Postings for any Public Works Projects are listed on the city's home page.

Public Works has established fees to cover expenses for materials and cost of services. They can be viewed in the current Council Fee Resolution for Public Works Services and Materials.

  • Engineering - performs design and construction management for the city’s public works projects and oversees engineering design, construction management, and inspections to ensure compliance with adopted city codes.
  • GIS (Geographical Information System) maintains a complete set of geo-spatial data of buildings, streets and centerlines, property parcels, fiber optics, addresses, waterlines, and fire hydrants that is used for planning and asset-management purposes.
  • IT is responsible for maintaining computers and IT connections in all the City departments.
  • Recycling  consists of weekly curbside recycling collection service and a drop-off station at the city service center in the Industrial Park.
  • Refuse division is responsible for weekly trash collection service for residential and commercial accounts.
  • Street division is responsible for street repair, signage and traffic markings, sweeping, sanding, and snowplowing city streets.
  • Water division is responsible for meter and waterline installation and maintenance.  The water treatment plant delivers high quality water to the citizens of Cortez for household uses, yard irrigation, and business uses.  Cross connection monitors/inspects backflow prevention assemblies.

Line Locates
REMEMBER: Before you dig, call UNCC to request a line locate. They can be reached toll-free at 1-800-922-1987 or just dial 811. A right-of-way construction permit is required if any work will be done within the city street or alley right-of-way. Call the city service center at 970-565-7320 for more information.

Contact Us
Philip Johnson
Public Works Director
Email Phil

Dona Thompson

Administrative Assistant
Email Dona

Ken Torres
City Engineer
Email Ken

Nicolas Stoker
Assistant City Engineer
Email Nic

Doug Roth
GIS Coordinator
Email Doug

City Service Center
110 W. Progress Circle
Cortez, CO  81321

PH:  970-565-7320
FX:   970-565-8356

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm