Public Works

The Public Works Department is committed to maintaining and improving many of the systems and services vital to the health, safety, comfort and enjoyment of the citizens of Tavares and other City Departments. With the combination of highly skilled, quality employees and managers, the Department provides efficient, cost effective services in a timely and professional manner. 

Public Works is comprised of five Divisions:  Fleet Management, Facilities Management, Parks Management, Right-Of-Way Management, Solid Waste Management and Streets Management.

For details on each of the Public Works Divisions, please click on the links below:


Public Works - Current Projects

Chris Daniel’s Memorial Gateway Fountain Landscape Improvements – FDOT Grant Funding (PUBLIC WORKS)

In 2016, City of Tavares identified the need to improve and enhance the landscaping that surrounds the Chris Daniel’s Memorial Gateway Fountain located at the intersecting triangle of SR 19 (Duncan Drive), SR 500 (W. Burleigh Boulevard) and SR 500A (W. Alfred Street). An application for landscape grant funding was submitted to the State of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and a Joint Participation Agreement (JPA) for Landscaping Improvements along State Roads has been awarded in the amount of $260,575 for plants and plant materials. The completion date for this project is anticipated to be March 2020.

Road Improvements – Community Development Block Grant Funding (PUBLIC WORKS)

The City of Tavares has been awarded a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the purpose of road improvements within those areas identified by Lake County Department of Community Services as having low to moderate household incomes. As an Urban County Partner with Lake County, the City of Tavares will utilize these funds to improve the quality of life in our community. This project will be completed during the summer of 2018.

City Hall Hardening/Wind Mitigation – Florida Division of Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Grant (PUBLIC WORKS)

Through the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), the City of Tavares has been awarded $425,625 in Federal Funds to be used for retrofitting the City Hall building roof, windows and doors. The implementation of these measures will increase protection and reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. Application for this grant was submitted following the Presidential Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Matthew. The completion date for this project is anticipated to be November 2019.

Pavement Management Plan FY 2017-2018 (PUBLIC WORKS)

A five (5) year Pavement Management Plan was completed in 2014 identifying the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of each City maintained road. The PCI is used to indicate the general condition of the pavement. Based on the City-wide pavement condition survey, along with current observations, each year staff will prepare a priority list for pavement improvements. City Council approved $375,000 in FY 2017-2018 for road paving which will be completed by September 2018.