The Engineering Department performs numerous tasks to assist the public and the developers working within the Town of Morrisville.
These tasks include, but are not limited to (Department Responsibility Flow Chart):
- Evaluating residential and business concerns and complaints
- Providing development support, including review of site plans, construction plans, plats, and plot plans (construction phase development support also involves construction inspection services and acceptance of public improvements)
- Developing and administering design and construction standards and standard detail drawings
- Developing and implementing NPDES Phase II program for stormwater and erosion control for the Town, including:
- Public education and outreach
- Public involvement and participation
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination
- Construction site runoff controls
- Post-construction site runoff controls
- Pollution prevention
- Good housekeeping for municipal operations
- Overseeing floodplain management
- Overseeing capital projects including:
- In-house design
- Project construction oversight
- Overseeing Riparian Buffer Program
What should I do if I have a drainage concern?You can report a drainage concern through Morrisville’s website utilizing this link http://www.ci.morrisville.nc.us/RequestTracker.aspx. Upon notification, our Department will conduct a site visit to document and evaluate the identified area(s) to determine if it is located within or is being caused by any Town of Morrisville public property (land, right-of-way, easement) or by an ongoing development project and recommend a corrective action. The Town has no official jurisdiction or justification to assist with the resolution of a drainage concern located on or being impacted by a private property (land, easement, open space, etc.). From our experience the simplest manner to resolve a private property drainage concern is discussing it directly with your neighbor or homeowners association.
What can I do if I witness illegal dumping into the Town’s storm drains?Please call the Stormwater Hotline at 919-463-7025.
What construction activities require an official inspection by the Engineering Department?The Town requires that a inspection request be made by calling (919) 463-6907 to schedule an inspection with the Engineering Department for required work items, a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours prior to start of construction. These items include, but are not limited to, verification of tree protection fence, temporary traffic control measures, placement of fill, road subgrade, curb and gutter forms, curbs and gutter, road paving, sidewalk forms (includes driveway aprons), sidewalks (includes driveway aprons), retaining walls, drainage pipes and other drainage structures prior to backfilling, stormwater management facilities, street name signs, traffic control signage, monumentation, and verification of soil preparation prior to landscaping.
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I have drainage issue on my property, who is responsible to fix it?All storm sewers to be owned and maintained by the Town are installed in a public right-of-way or public drainage easement. Only the storm sewer systems on Town property, within Town maintained public right-of-ways, and within public drainage easements are the responsibility of the Town. All others shall be maintained by the owner(s) of the easement or property. In areas where a homeowners or property owners association exists, it shall be the responsibility of the association, not the individual property owner, to maintain these systems. If the drainage comes from a neighboring property, this is considered a private drainage matter and should be worked out directly with the property owner. By law, the downstream property owner is required to convey runoff from the upstream property; however the upstream property owner is not to alter the drainage pattern through or around their property with proper approval. If you are unsure whether your issue is public or private, the Stormwater Inspector will be happy to assess the concern for you. Please see the “contact an Engineer” page for contact information