Infrastructure maintenance encompasses the full range of day to day preventative maintenance and safety related activities necessary to meet the objective of safe and efficient movement of traffic. Safety related activities include such things as snow clearing, sanding and salting, grading of loose surfaces, debris and litter removal, regulatory and advisory signage maintenance, traffic signal maintenance, line painting, vegetation control, guardrail maintenance, etc. Preventative maintenance is those activities necessary to protect and prolong the life and the public's investment in the County infrastructure, which has a current value in excess of $400 million. Preventative maintenance activities include such things as surface patching and repair, crack filling and sealing, structure cleaning and repair, sewer and drainage system maintenance and a host of other related activities which are essential, if the benefits from the public investment is to be maximized.
The maintenance operation is headed by the Manager of Operations, Mr. Steven Boland, C.E.T., LEL. who is based in Pembroke at the County Administration Building. Under his control are the four patrol facilities located in Pembroke, Cobden, Renfrew and Palmer Rapids. Satellite facilities are also in place at Calabogie and winter rental locations throughout the County. The staff deployed in these locations include a Patrol Supervisor plus a number of equipment operators necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of their assigned areas. Total full time compliment in the Patrols numbers 28. The complement is supplemented by contract employees to meet seasonal workload demands. Each patrol facility consists of one garage, two material storage domes and one small equipment storage building.
Also under the control of the Manager of Operations is responsibility for the County's fleet of vehicles and equipment. The department has three full time Mechanics to maintain its fleet of vehicles and equipment. Equipment resources of the department include 22 combination plow sanding units, four (motor) graders, two loaders, four backhoes, four tractors, one gradall and assorted ancillary equipment.
The division also operates a sign shop for the production of road side signage used by the County and the local municipalities.