With a few exceptions, the City of Bishop Department of Public Works performs all public works and most planning functions for the city including water, sewer, streets, building permitting and inspection, management, and planning staff functions.
Public Works is staffed with 10 full time employees and one part time office employee. Public Works employees are well respected by citizens, other agencies, and private businesses for their work ethics, knowledge, and abilities.
Public Works manages six program budgets, co-manages one program budget, and manages about 20 project budgets. Two of the program budgets are enterprise funds – the water and sewer programs – and the remaining program budgets are essentially part of the city’s General Fund. Enterprise funds are funds that by law can only be used for the purpose they were collected. For instance, water fees can only be used for water purposes. The project budgets are typically street projects funded or reimbursed from outside sources such as State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds.
The annual water and sewer budgets are about $1 million each including capital improvements. The annual General Funds budgets together total about $600,000. The project budgets within any one year together total between $1 and $3 million depending on the projects active at a particular time. Most projects are multi year and the sum of the total of projects in all the fiscal years is between $5 and $10 million.