The Street Sweeping Department's mission is to support the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Frederick by street cleaning with removal of foreign matter, extension of the life of the roads, and maintaining a clean appearance.
The City's Street sweeping program plays a critical role in stormwater management and is a part of Minimum Control Measure 6 (MCM) in our MS4 permit for Good Housekeeping and Municipal maintenance.
When it rains water flows over streets, sidewalks, and other surfaces, picking up debris, sediment, and other pollutants. Stormwater runoff can then flow into storm drains and eventually into our rivers, lakes, and oceans, where it can harm aquatic life and make water unsafe for human use.
Street sweeping removes these pollutants by physically them off the streets and in doing so, it reduces the number of pollutants that can enter the storm drain system.
Street sweeping is also important for preventing the buildup of sediment and debris in the street, which can cause flooding during heavy rains. When storm drains become clogged with debris and sediment, they are less effective at draining stormwater which can lead to flooding and property damage.
The Street Sweeping Department is comprised of three-day shift operators and one night shift operator. The areas assigned to the night shift are posted with No Parking signs on certain nights to allow the street to be properly serviced. The total area of streets swept is approximately 330 miles.