Comprised of three to five members and the Clerk, the Board of Public Works is the contracting agency for most City business.
The Board of Public Works meets on the second & fourth Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. on the 13th floor of the County-City Building, Room 1308. Starting July 13, 2021, the public is invited to attend virtually or in person.
Attend the Review Session Meeting Thursday, December 7, 2023. meeting at 10:30am virtually here: 2023 BPW Review Session Meeting Link
Attend the Regular Board of Public Works Meeting Tuesday, December 12, 2023. meeting at 9:30am virtually here: 2023 BPW Hybrid Meeting Link
The Board of Public Works is the contracting agency for most City business and approves various matters such as:
- Construction Bids and Quotations
- Purchases of Vehicles and Miscellaneous Items
- Sale of Abandoned Vehicles
- Contracts, Agreements, Proposals and Addenda
- Vacation of Public Rights-of-Ways
- Use of the Public Rights-of-Way
- Easements and Encroachments
- Public Hearings for Transient Merchant Licenses, Scrap Metal Dealers and Massage Establishments
The Board of Public Works Members are:
- Elizabeth A. Maradik, President
- Joseph R. Molnar, Vice President
- Gary A. Gilot, Member
- Allie Dolz-Lane, Member
- Murray L. Miller, Member
- Theresa M. Heffner, Clerk
Board of Public Works Forms
The following forms may be submitted to the Board of Public Works for approval. Following an internal City recommendations process, the item will be placed on a Board meeting agenda.
Community Garden Program Agreement: Use to start a community garden on property owned by the City of South Bend.
Encroachment Revocable Permit and Application: Use for building canopies, signs and awnings, brick mailboxes, planters, and other types of encroachments in the public right-of-way.
Handicap/Handicapped Accessible Parking Space Sign Application: Use to apply for a handicap accessible parking space sign in front of your residential home.
Sidewalk Cafe Application: For businesses in the City of South Bend downtown area to place an outdoor café on the public right-of-way.
Sidewalk Sale Application: For a business in the City of South Bend downtown area to hold a sale using the public right-of-way.
Triple Trailer/Special Trucking Permit: To operate a triple trailer within the City of South Bend limits
Vacate/Vacations – Alley and Street: The vacation of a right-of-way requires an Ordinance by the Common Council. The process begins with an application to the Board of Public Works for a favorable recommendation to the Common Council. A radius map of the location will be created by the Permit Department and attached to the application before it is circulated for review by City departments. The Board of Public Works will review the application, map, and department recommendations, and send a letter to the applicant with their recommendation. After receipt of the letter from the Board of Public Works, the applicant must take the radius map and recommendation packet to the City Clerk’s Office, 4th Floor, County-City Building, where they may pick up a Vacation Packet. Additional steps include a presentation to the Common Council, approval and certification of an ordinance transferring property ownership, and recording of the property with the Recorder’s Office. If you have any questions about how an alley vacation will affect your property taxes, please contact the Auditor’s Office.