ENGINEERING DIVISION

 
BACKGROUND
 
The Engineering Division provides technical and engineering expertise and support to the County Council and predominantly to the Department of Public Works regarding roads, solid waste management, building maintenance and airport operations. Grading permits and road opening permits are issued for construction through the department, as well as right-of-way inquires and erosion and sediment control concerns. This Division responds to inquiries from the public concerning problems as they arise. Mandated reviews and inspections are performed concerning stormwater management, sediment and erosion control, and general engineering work in support of capital improvements throughout the County. Responses range from simple technical advice to complete design, permitting, funding acquisition and administration, inspection, and construction of projects. Some of the Division’s activities include:
 
 
TECHNICAL REVIEW
Subdivision plans, stormwater management plans, sediment and erosion control plans, subdivision road plans, bridge and roadway rehabilitation plans, dredging and dredge disposal plans, County building ADA compliance.
 
PERMITTING
Stormwater management, grading and forestry permits are issued by the Highway Division subject to review by the Engineering Division. Stormwater flow calculations, stormwater management structures sizing and sediment and erosion control measures must be checked prior to issuing the permit. The County must inspect the over 50 permanent stormwater management structures every three years.
 
INSPECTIONS
The Engineering Division assists in the aforementioned stormwater management and grading permit inspections. The Division also has inspection responsibilities for new County construction projects, and other ongoing stormwater, roadway and new subdivision roads.
 
PERMIT ACQUISITION AND REPORTING
Most construction projects require environmental permits. Application for non-tidal and tidal wetland permits, sediment and erosion control permits and federal Section 404 permits, and approvals by the Critical Area Commission and Maryland Historical Trust for County funded projects are initiated by the Engineering Division. These applications require field surveys and development of plans to assure compliance with environmental laws prior to start of construction. The Division also files required reports and test results for existing oil storage permits and an air quality control permit for various Highway Division facilities. Engineering also does the reapplication for these permits.
 
IN-HOUSE DESIGN
Preparation of engineering drawings and bid specifications for a wide variety of County projects including: boat ramps, roadway improvements (realignment, widening, ditch and shoulder work), dredge spoil site design, channel dredging, building renovations, stormwater drainage improvements.
 
FUNDING APPLICATIONS
The Engineering Division assists the County Grant Administrator with any grant applications to State and/or Federal agencies.
 
 
 
Contact Person for the Engineering Division is
 
Greg LeBlanc, County Engineer
 
 
5435 Handley Road
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-2920
410-228-9516 FAX