The Public Works Department is managed by the Public Works Director, who is also the County Engineer (a position appointed by the County Board). The department consists of several divisions: Highway Engineering and Highway Maintenance; Parks; and Waste Management.
The primary function of the Highway Division is to provide safe and convenient mobility to the traveling public by efficiently managing the infrastructure of the county road and bridge system. The Engineering staff provides expertise in the areas of planning, design, and construction of the county highway system. The primary duties of the Maintenance Staff include year round maintenance of the county highway system and equipment. The Administration, Engineering, and Maintenance operations are primarily performed at the Faribault County Public Works building on 727 E. 5th St. in Blue Earth. Maintenance operations are also carried out from satellite facilities in Winnebago, Bricelyn and the Wells area.
The Public Works Department staff is also responsible for issuing permits for working in the county road right-of-way (i.e. Driveway/Access Permits, Drainage Permits, Utility Permits, ) as well as permits for transporting over-width/overweight loads on county roads.
The Solid Waste Division is responsible for recycling, household hazardous waste, and solid waste. The department is operated by Billeye Rabbe at Room 102, Courthouse, 201 Lake Avenue, Fairmont , Minnesota 56031 and has satellite recycling drop-boxes at various locations throughout the county.
Woods Lake & Phils Park is developed and maintained by the Public Works department.