Bill Brandon: Behind the Street Department’s Experience and Work
Bill Brandon’s name has become synonymous with the Street Department. Not surprisingly, he’s devoted his entire working life to the department and the City of Auburn—and continues to do so today.
He started as a general laborer and street sweeper operator with the department shortly after graduating from DeKalb High School in 1978. He was following in the footsteps of his father, who also worked (and retired) from the Street Department. Since then, Bill has done practically every job in the Street Department. He’s served as foreman, assistant superintendent and now superintendent—a position he’s held since 1995. Not surprisingly, he’s seen tremendous changes over the years.
“The entire makeup of the city has changed, with growth in just about every direction,” he says. “Plus, there is a lot more oversight and detailed specifications on how new streets are built to achieve a longer life span. Advancements in technology and equipment have enabled us to be much more efficient and effective today.”
The Street Department crew is responsible for sweeping, patching, plowing and clearing brush from:
- 78 center line miles of streets
- 10 miles of alleys
- 82 cul-de-sacs
Additionally, they maintain trees in city right-of-ways. They’re also involved in everything from minor street excavations to major street reconstructions. And this year, they have several important projects on tap:
- Continuation of the residential sidewalk program
- Reconstruction project on Pennsylvania Avenue (new subbase, under drain and asphalt)
- Mill and overlay in Hunters Glen
- ADA updates at various intersections
- Milling and paving
- South Jackson Street from 19th-13th
- South Grandstaff Drive from St. Rd. 8-Auburn Drive
- Wesley Road from St. Rd. 8-Erie Pass
Find a current list of street department projects on the new Street Department Projects page on the city website.
Experience & Energy
To accomplish these projects, the Street Department, which is comprised of 16 employees, often partners with other city departments, including Engineering, Auburn Water, Water Pollution Control, Auburn Electric and Auburn Parks and Recreation.
Like Bill, some of the employees have been with the Street Department for several years—three of them nearly the entire time he’s been superintendent. The combination of seasoned and newer crew members ensures continuity, training and new ideas.
“Together, they’re an energetic crew that is dedicated to the work,” he says.
Pride in Accomplishments
At the end of every day, Bill generally has the same feeling: pride.
“I drive these streets every day and am proud of what our team has accomplished,” Bill says. “I like being a part of the department that makes the city look attractive to not only our citizens, but visitors. Our employees are the ones who accomplish this.”