Works at 503 749-1185
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I report a drainage
A drainage problem involving public streets, storm sewers or drainage
ditches should be reported to the Public Works Department at (503)
749-1185. If the drainage problem is on private property the Engineer will give assistance and advice to the property owner on how it
could be corrected. The responsibility to do the correction is that of the
property owner. For assistance from the City Engineer contact the
telephone number above.
2. How do I report a problem with the sewer system?
Problems with the sanitary sewer system (the system conveying waste water
from homes, businesses, and industries) and also the storm sewer system
(surface drainage water) should be reported to the Public Works Department. Property owners should determine if the problem is with the public
system and not the private service from the building to the street. If the
problem is only with one fixture (sink or toilet), it is likely that the
problem is in the private system and you should contact a plumber. If there
is a problem with the entire building or home you should check with adjacent
buildings to see if they too are having problems. If more than one building
is having problems, then the City system is the likely culprit.
3. How do I report a street maintenance problem?
Maintenance problems on City streets are reported to the Public Works
Maintenance Division. Problems on County roads should be reported to
Marion County Department of Public
Works and problems on State and Federal roads are reported to the
Oregon Department of Transportation.
4. How do I report a traffic signal problem?
At this time Aumsville only has a caution/stop flashing light located at the
intersection of Mill Creek Road and 11th Street. Traffic signal problems
should be reported to the Public Works Department. They will
determine whether the signal responsibility is that of the State, County or
City then notify the proper agency in order to have the problem corrected.
5. How do I report a water main break?
Water Main breaks can be reported by dialing 9-1-1. They will contact the
appropriate maintenance personnel. If it is a suspected leak or minor
problem a citizen can report it directly to the Public
Works Department at (503) 749-1185. The City will investigate the problem and
determine if there is a leak in either the public or private service line to
the building. If there is a leak in the private service line, the City will
notify the property owner to correct the problem. If the leak is in the City
system, the City will have it repaired.
6. What do I do about frozen water pipes?
If you are the only property that is out of water because of a frozen
service line, it is your responsibility to contact your plumber to have the
problem corrected. If more than one property is out of water, it may be a
problem with the City system and you should contact the Sewer & Water
7. How do I find out about any new road construction in my neighborhood?
The City regularly reviews and updates
the Aumsville Visioning Plan for capital improvements. This is a planning document which helps keep
citizens informed of needed and scheduled projects. Typically, only those
projects within the first one or two years will be constructed within that
time frame. Some projects are undertaken in response to a specific
development proposal that the City had not anticipated. To find out about
the Visioning Plan or a specific project under construction, contact Public Works.
Trees, Weeds, Erosion Control
1. How do I report a property with overgrown weeds?
Weeds must be cut before they are 10 inches or higher unless they are in
agricultural areas or natural preserves. The property owner will receive
written notice ten days before the City orders the weeds to be cut. If the
owner does not cut them, the City will have them cut at the owner's expense.
To report a property with high weeds, call the Aumsville
Police Department at (503) 749-2189 or 2188.
2. What is the City's procedure on dead or diseased trees?
In interest of maintaining a healthy Community forest and protecting
citizens from potential injury, the City requires the timely removal of
trees affected by Dutch elm disease, oak wilt or those deemed hazardous. The
City will remove diseased or hazardous trees located in the right-of-way. If
the tree is on private property, the City will notify the property owners of
the problem by certified mail. The property owner will have 20 days to
alleviate the problem.
3. What is the City's procedure on erosion control?
Each property owner in the City is responsible for making certain that dirt
is not washed from their property into the public street, drainage system or
lake system. If the property has vegetation, erosion typically is not a
problem. However, when sites are under construction some erosion will occur
and the property owner is responsible for taking measures to contain
sediment on the property. To report erosion control problems, call the
Public Works Department.
1. Does the City have any guidelines about fertilizer use?
Yes. In an effort to protect water quality in our lakes, streams and
wetlands, the City has placed a high priority on educating the public about
the use of fertilizers. In addition, the City has adopted an ordinance that
regulates the use of fertilizer and pesticides. Under City ordinance:
Fertilizer may not be applied on hard surfaces.
You may not apply fertilizer or pesticides near wetlands or waterways;
Commercial fertilizer applicators must be licensed to work in Aumsville.
They, along with businesses which use fertilizer, must use phosphorus-free
fertilizer. Exemptions may be obtained for newly established lawns or those
for which a soil test has shown that phosphorus is in need. Commercial
applicators may not apply fertilizer on frozen ground or when other
conditions exist which promote or create run-off.
2. If I fertilize my lawn, why should I use a phosphorus-free fertilizer?
Phosphorus from fertilizers runs off lawns and ends up in area lakes and
wetlands where it promotes algae growth. Algae can turn a blue lake green
and damage or kill the lake's Eco-system.
3. How can I tell if a fertilizer is phosphorus-free?
The make-up of all fertilizers is indicated by a series of three numbers on
the package. The middle number indicates the amount of phosphorus the
fertilizer contains. Look for a middle number of "0" to be sure you are
buying a phosphorus free fertilizer.
4. If phosphorus poses a threat to lakes and wetlands, why is it in
fertilizers in the first place?
In some parts of the country, soils need phosphorus to sustain healthy plant
development -- but that's not true in Oregon. Oregon soils are generally
rich in phosphorus. In fact, the soil in Marion County has high or very high
levels of phosphorus, according to a study conducted by Oregon State Parks. The study
showed that levels were so high the vast majority of lawns tested did not
need any phosphorus.
5. How do I know if my soil needs fertilizer? If it does, how do I
determine what kind to use?
A soil test will give you a nutrient profile of your soil. Armed with this
information, you can buy the fertilizer that will work best for your lawn.
Soil test kits are easy to use and available at local Nurseries.
6. If I don't live near a lake, stream or wetland should I be concerned
about using phosphorus-free fertilizer?
Yes! No matter where you live in Aumsville, run-off from lawn flows
into the storm sewer system. The storm sewer system empties directly
into our local water bodies.
SAFETY ON THE JOB
Even if you were born to
do a job, it doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to automatically do
it safely....Remember that no matter how many times you've done a job
before, be sure to think the whole thing through before you start. You've
carefully thought out all the angles. You've done it a thousand times. It
comes naturally to you. You know what you're doing, it's what you've been
trained to do your whole life.
Nothing could possibly go wrong, right ???
ITíS THE LAW!!
If you plan to dig, you are required by law to notify owners of underground
utilities at least two business days in advance. Call the number below to
have underground gas lines (and other participating utilitiesí lines)
located at no charge to you.
Oregon Utility Notification Center