Public Works

Bryon Fortner, Director
Phone: 865-429-4567

Public Works Employees Video

Engineering  Streets  Traffic Control 
GIS Fleet  Historic Photo Gallery 
Solid Waste    Historic Flood Studies

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Engineering

Jim Ellison, Project Manager

The Engineering Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for the survey and design of minor city projects; Oversight and inspection of major city projects; Assisting with and enforcing the Sevierville FEMA flood program; Implementing the NPDES Phase II storm water program; Inspecting commercial and residential developments; Maintaining and expanding a network of survey control monuments; Assisting developers with site plan approval procedures and review; and managing the City’s GIS mapping system, providing support for GIS projects for all City staff.

Driveway Permit Application
Grading Permit Application
Land Disturbance Permit Application

Stormwater Information Page
Zoning Map

Right-of-Way Management Ordinance (coming soon)

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Streets

Hal E. Watson, Supervisor

The Street Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining City streets, bridges and Right of Ways.  By doing this we patch potholes, make full-depth asphalt repairs, pick up litter, mow and weed eat Right of ways, install and improved drainage systems, sweep all streets (both local and TDOT ROW) and a variety of other tasks.  We also take care of snow and ice removal and clean up other debris after storms.  We administer the five-year paving and sidewalk plans.  We also assist other City Departments with specialized equipment (Backhoes, dump trucks or paving, etc.).  In addition to the traditional aspects of a street department, we have also been given the responsibility of mowing and weed-eating selected portions of the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River and Middle Creek riverbanks as a part of the TVA river rechannelization project of the 1960s.  This mowing generally takes place in the fall as the vegetation goes dormant.

Streets Documents:

5-Year Paving Plan
5-Year Sidewalk Plan

Sevierville Snow Fighting Plan

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Traffic Control

Frank Rogers, Supervisor

The Traffic Control Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for all types of traffic control devices used on the streets of Sevierville.  This includes signs (manufacturing, installation, and maintenance) and traffic signals.  We perform limited signal maintenance and repairs and oversee contractors for major repairs and projects.  We also coordinate and inspect the road striping contract and have a plan to re-stripe most streets every other year.   We assist with road/lane closures and traffic control for most special events and road construction detours.

Traffic Documents:

Great Smoky Mountain Parkway Traffic Signals Map

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Solid Waste

Marian Bracknell, Supervisor

The Solid Waste Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for collecting and disposing of commercial and residential garbage.  We offer twice a month collection of bulk/junk items; removal of yard waste (which includes tree trimmings, leaves, grass and shrub clippings); provide roll-off service to residential customers for demolition and clean up projects.  We oversee recycling efforts at the City’s two drop off locations, most schools within the city limits, and collection of cardboard from commercial businesses.  We provide crews in coordination with Sevier County’s Intensive Public Service Program for litter pickup along city streets and state highways within the city.  We keep our streets clean by disposing of dead animals.  The Solid Waste Department also works with Keep Sevier Beautiful to collect trash and litter from community clean up and special events. The Solid Waste Division plays a vital role in the Household Hazardous Waste Day sponsored by the State of Tennessee each year. 

All garbage is hauled to Sevier Solid Waste, Inc. (SSWI) Compost and Landfill Facility on Ridge Road.

Solid Waste Documents & Links:

Solid Waste Ordinance
Waste Disposal Guide

Commercial Dumpster Collection Service
Residential Curbside Garbage Collection Information
Rubbish (Junk) Collection Map

 

Commercial Dumpster Collection Service

We welcome you as a customer of the City of Sevierville Garbage Service!!!  Being our customer includes the following services:

  • Brush collection generally occurs every one - two weeks (no particular scheduled day).

  • Loose leaf collection during the fall (no particular scheduled day)—all other times of this year, leaves and grass clippings may be bagged for collection or you may place them in your dumpster.

  • Bulk Rubbish in small amounts (Junk, such as broken pallets, barrels, metals, etc.) is collected twice each month (call 865-429-4567 for the Monday schedule in your area, or click here for a map).

  • Bulk Rubbish in large amounts (More than 1 Truck Load) - collection available for a fee - Call 865-429-4567 to schedule.

  • Cardboard Containers may be available for City of Sevierville customers at the rates listed below.  

Collection Rates

Dumpster Rental

2 Cubic Yard

$6.00

2 Cubic Yard

not available for rental

4 Cubic Yard

$6.00

4 Cubic Yard

$10.00

6 Cubic Yard

$10.00

6 Cubic Yard

$10.00

8 Cubic Yard

$14.00

8 Cubic Yard

$10.00

10 Cubic Yard

$18.00

10 Cubic Yard

Not available for rental

Cardboard Collection: 8 Cubic Yard Container, $15.00 per pickup (includes dumpster rental).

Compactors: Compactor rental and collection is available through the City of Sevierville - call 865-429-4567 for rates.

Services Guidelines

The City of Sevierville does not maintain a monopoly on commercial dumpster collection within the City.  However, all private haulers must be approved and permitted by the City before they can provide service.  Commercial establishments who elect to hire a private hauler to haul their refuse do not receive the other services such as leaf, brush, bulk rubbish, and cardboard collection except for a fee.  Any commercial establishment wishing to switch to a private hauler must have a zero balance on their account with the City of Sevierville.

Please do not place the following items in dumpsters:

  • Real heavy items or bulk rubbish.  We collect these items twice each month or by special arrangement on Friday.

  • Concrete, asphalt, carpet, building materials, etc.  These items would be included in the collection of bulk rubbish.

  • Shrubbery and tree trimmings, stumps, or large pieces of wood.  We collect brush separately in a different truck.

  • Any material that could be hazardous or injurious to City of Sevierville or Sevier Solid Waste Authority employees or which could cause damage to City equipment.

  • Flammable liquids, solids, or gases such as gasoline, oil, benzene, alcohol, or other similar hazardous materials.  The State of Tennessee sponsors a Household Hazardous Waste Day to collect hazardous materials.  This free service is usually set up at the Sevier Farmers Co-op each year in the spring—the date will be advertised.  Used oil may be taken to any Sevier County Convenience Center or your local auto parts store.

  • Hot materials such as ashes or cinders.  Please wait until they cool.

  • Any infectious waste or biomedical waste.  Call your medical supplier for disposal.

  • Human or animal waste, unless it is properly placed in a secure bag before being placed in the container.

  • Large automobile parts, including tires.  Tires (removed from the rims) may be taken free of charge to Five Oaks Tire (passenger car tires only), Sevier Farmers Co-op, and Goforth Tire.

If the dumpster contains any of these items, the container may not be emptied until such items are removed.  An explanation will be attached to the dumpster in such cases.

For more information, call 429-4567 or e-mail the Public Works Department.

Residential Curbside Garbage Collection Information

We welcome you as a customer of the City of Sevierville Garbage Service! Being our customer includes the following services:      

  • Brush collection generally occurs every one - two weeks (no particular scheduled day).

  • Loose leaf collection-during the fall (specific days to be advertised)—all other times of the year, leaves and grass clippings may be bagged for collection. (no particular scheduled day).

  • Household bulk rubbish (junk)-collected on twice a month (call 429-4567 for the schedule in your area, or click here for a map).

Fees

Residential curbside garbage collection fee:            $4.00 per month.

Commercial curbside garbage collection fee:          $8.00 per month.

The 95-gallon can is for you to use, but it remains the property of the City of Sevierville.  Each can’s serial number has been recorded with your address, so please take care of it and do not take it with you if you move!  Rinsing it out every once in a while helps keep the smell down!  Each can has a capacity of 95 gallons—big enough for the average family’s weekly household garbage.  However, if you want or need more, you can rent the use of a second can for a one-time, non-refundable fee of $60.00 per can – with the understanding that the can remains the property of the City.  There will be an additional $4.00 ($8.00 for commercial curbside) charge per month for each additional can you receive. 

95-Gallon Container Guidelines

Except for the items listed above, please put all of your household garbage in the can and close the lid.  The Sanitation crews have been instructed to not pick up any items left lying around the can.  One of the major reasons these cans were purchased for you was to cut down on injuries to workers who were forced to lift heavy objects into garbage trucks.  Now, our automated system does the lifting for us—saving taxpayers thousands of dollars in workers comp medical claims.  By placing all of your garbage in the can, it will keep our neighborhoods clean and attractive and cut down on animals getting into your trash and messing up your yard and your neighbor’s yard!  Please do not place the container where it blocks the sidewalk.  It is also a good idea NOT to leave your can at the curb too long—they are so attractive that someone might decide to take it home and you will have to pay $60.00 to have it replaced.

All Garbage and junk must be at curbside by 6:00 am on the day of collection, but please do not set it out more than a day before your day of collection!

Please do not put the following items in the cans:

  • Real heavy items or bulk rubbish.  We collect these items separately (call 429-4567 for the schedule in your area, or click here for a map).

  • Shrubbery and tree trimmings, stumps, or large pieces of wood.  We collect brush separately in a different truck.

  • Flammable liquids, solids, or gases such as gasoline, used oil, benzene, alcohol, or other similar hazardous materials.  The State of Tennessee sponsors a Household Hazardous Waste Day to collect hazardous materials.  This free service is usually set up at the City Municipal Complex each year in the spring—the date will be advertised.  Used oil may be taken at any time of the year to any Sevier County Convenience Center or your local auto parts store.

  • Hot materials such as ashes or cinders.  Please wait until they cool.

  • Any infectious waste or biomedical waste.  Call your medical supplier for disposal.

  • Human or animal waste, unless it is properly placed in a secure bag before being placed in the container.

  • Large automobile parts, including tires.  Tires (removed from the rims) may be taken free of charge to Five Oaks Tire (passenger car tires only), Sevier Farmers Co-op, and Goforth Tire.

We haul our garbage to the Sevier Solid Waste, Inc. Composting Facility.  Like the name implies, this is a composting facility, therefore, recycling of compostable material is done automatically.  Non-compostable materials such as metal and plastic is separated and goes into the landfill.  All other household garbage is recycled into compost, used for a variety of purposes.  Bulk rubbish is deposited in the demolition portion of the landfill.

Yard Waste and Bulk Rubbish/Junk Guidelines

Your residential and commercial garbage collection fee includes the collection of wastes resulting from the normal and routine maintenance of your yard as well as bulk rubbish/junk you accumulate from time to time. For brush, we try to pass by your house at least every two weeks, however there are times—especially in the spring—that it may take longer for crews to get there.  Please be patient!  We ask that you place your waste at the edge of a street or public right-of-way easily accessible with our collection equipment (we use a large truck with a claw hook).  However, please take a moment to look around the location in which you place your waste and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is it blocking a sidewalk or roadway?  One of our major concerns is the safety of our citizens and employees.  If a sidewalk is blocked, that means someone must walk out into the street, thus increasing the chance of being injured by a vehicle.  Please do not place your waste on the sidewalk.

  • Are there electric lines overhead preventing the brush truck from being able to get to your waste?  We also ask that you not place it on top of water meters or gas valves; against utility poles, guy wires, fences, or in a place that may interfere with overhead power lines, tree branches, or parked cars.

  • Is the brush cut in easily manageable lengths of no more than 8’ and stacked neatly?

Keep in mind that anything placed at the curb (other than the 95-gallon City container) may be recognized as junk, ready for collection.  Please do not place anything at the curb that you do not want collected and hauled off.

Remodeling or Doing Major Spring Cleaning?

Why not rent a container to throw construction materials or debris in? The City now has fourteen foot roll-off containers that residential customers can rent.

How it works:
Locate an area on the property to put the container. Keep in mind the truck dropping off and picking up the container needs room to maneuver. Call the Public Works Department (865-429-4567) to arrange for the container to be delivered. Arrange for billing (usually through your water account). Once the container is full and you’re ready for it to be emptied, call the Public Works Department to schedule a pickup. Always make sure there is nothing blocking the container when the truck comes to pick it up.

Cost:
The cost to rent a roll-off container is the current landfill tipping fee (plus $1.25 per ton state tax) and a $20.00 haul fee (approximately $125.00 per load).

For more information on any of these services, call 429-4567 or e-mail the Public Works Department.

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Fleet

Jim Dennison, Manager

The Fleet Maintenance Division of the Public Works Department provides a full line of service and repairs for all the City’s vehicles and fuel powered equipment.  Services include oil changes, transmission service, tire replacement/repair, tire rotation and balance, tune ups, state inspections, major/minor engine repairs, and coordinating all vehicle towing.  We also maintain the heavy truck fleet utilized in garbage collection, fire trucks, street, and water and sewer line construction and maintenance.  These services include hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and welding repairs.  We also maintain a large inventory of auto and heavy truck parts, tires, fluids (oil, lube, car and truck wash) in a centrally located warehouse.  We maintain a Fuel Farm which includes (Gasoline , B-20 BioDiesel and Propane).  City vehicle and equipment auctions are coordinated through the Fleet Division for on-line auctions.

For more information on any of these services, call 429-4567 or e-mail the Public Works Department.

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Historic Flood Studies

1958 - February Floods on Little Pigeon and West Fork
1964 - September Plan for Channel Improvement
1965 - April 12, TVA/City Agreement for Cooperative Action for Flood Damage Prevention
1965 - April, Plan for Flood Damage Prevention
1965 - July 1, County-City Agreement for Flood Control and Damage Prevention
1966 - October 5, TVA-City Agreement for Cooperative Action for Flood Damage Prevention, Supplemental Agreement

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Historic Photo Gallery

Bruce and Court
Flooding in the 60s
Bruce Street
Flooding in the 60s
Citizens Bank
Fooding in the 60s
     
Court Ave
Flooding in the 60s
Court Ave
Flooding in the 60s
Courthouse, east side
Flooding in the 60s
     
Downtown
Flooding in the 60s
Downtown Sevierville
1960
Downtown, looking south
Flooding in the 60s
     
KS&E Railroad
1912
Sevierville
Flooding in the 60s
Town Square
Flooding in the 60s
     
 
Town Square
Flooding in the 60s
Waters Building
Flooding in the 60s
 
     

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