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City Engineers

From left: Ashtine Thomason, Councillor,  Port of Spain Corporation,Ricardo Revanales, Work Supervisor III, Port of Spain Corporation, Paul O’Brien, Engineering Technician, Port of Spain Corporation, Annette Stapleton- Seaforth, Acting C.E.O. Port of Spain Corporation, Hayden Phillip, Director of the Programme for Upgrading Roads Efficiently (PURE), Chanka David, City Engineer, Port of Spain Corporation, Charline Bastaldo, Project Engineer at Ministry of Works and Infrastructure PURE, and Keron Valentine, Deputy Mayor, Port of Spain Corporation.

From left: Ashtine Thomason, Councillor, Port of Spain Corporation,Ricardo Revanales, Work Supervisor III, Port of Spain Corporation, Paul O’Brien, Engineering Technician, Port of Spain Corporation, Annette Stapleton- Seaforth, Acting C.E.O. Port of Spain Corporation, Hayden Phillip, Director of the Programme for Upgrading Roads Efficiently (PURE), Chanka David, City Engineer, Port of Spain Corporation, Charline Bastaldo, Project Engineer at Ministry of Works and Infrastructure PURE, and Keron Valentine, Deputy Mayor, Port of Spain Corporation.

 

CITY ENGINEER’S DEPARTMENT

MISSION STATEMENT

The City Engineer’s Department is in the business of developing the physical infrastructure and facilitating the transformation of the city into becoming technologically, socially and culturally advanced, competently empowered through motivated synergized teams.


ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

To achieve its mandate of developing and maintaining the physical infrastructure of the City of Port of Spain, the City Engineer’s Department is divided into the following sections each charged with separate responsibilities:-

STATUS OF PRESENT ACTIVITIES

RECENT PROJECTS

In an ongoing effort to improve the lives of the burgesses of the Port of Spain City Corporation, corporation employees and users of the City at large the City Engineer’s department has in recent time completed several projects. Please visit our Facebook page for details on the initiatives executed by the City Corporation.

STAFFING INFORMATION

The City Engineer’s Department is presently headed by Mr. Chanka David, Acting City Engineer. The department has a staff of one thousand and eighty seven persons comprised of ninety three (93) monthly-paid officers and nine hundred and ninety four (994) daily rated employees. The monthly paid staff comprises twenty five supervisors as follows:-

  • One City Engineer
  • One Assistant City Engineer
  • One Administrative Assistant
  • Two Works Supervisor III
  • One Engineering Assistant
  • One Works Supervisor II

 

  • Four Works Supervisor I
  • Four Assistant Works Supervisor
  • Two Building Inspector I
  • One Storekeeper III
  • One Storekeeper II
  • One Crematorium Manager

 

 

  • One Crematorium Superintendent
  • One Superintendent, Transport and Cleansing
  • One Transport Foreman
  • One Garage Supervisor
  • One Garage Foreman
  • One Market Administrator
  • Two Cemetery Keeper

 

The daily rated establishment comprises sixty supervisors:
  • Twenty seven (27) Foremen
  • Thirty four (34) Chargehands
  • Routine checks of ongoing building construction to ensure compliance with approved plans
  • Basic surveillance of all construction activities within the City boundary to ensure legality
  • Issuance of completion certificates
  • Processing of building approvals an plans
  • Investigation of complaints by burgesses concerning building or land matters
  • Administration of leases (both renewal and new), monitoring to ensure adherence to specified terms and conditions.
  • Building inspections
  • Conducting of searches for previously owned plots
Western, Eastern, Central and St. James Divisions
    • Upgrade and maintenance of the physical infrastructure of their respective areas inclusive of pavements, drains, roadways and retaining walls.
    • Installation and upkeep of street signage and speed humps
    • Sanitation services such as street sweeping and clearing and cleaning of box drains and underground drains.
    • Cleaning of vacant lots
    • Collection of household garbage from areas inaccessible to garbage trucks.
Parks & Squares
    • Maintenance and upgrade of parks, squares and playgrounds under the purview of the Port of Spain City Corporation
    • Cutting and trimming of trees in recreational areas
    • Removal of garbage from recreational areas within the Port of Spain City Corporation
    • Assist in the cutting/ trimming of trees of burgesses of the Port of Spain City Corporation
    • Maintenance of green areas within Port of Spain City Corporation Compounds
Maintenance Section
  • In house Janitorial Services
  • In house plumbing and electrical services
  • Assembling and analysis of information and preparation of draft reports for approval
  • Processing of requisitions for both recurrent and expenditure and development programme
  • Maintenance of vote books for recurrent expenditure, central bank account and development programme
  • Preparation of vouches to facilitate the payment of the utilities of the organization
  • Processing of severance benefits for all Non- Pensionable Employees
  • Retrieval and delivery of all mail sent to the Port of Spain City Corporation
(Central & St. James)
  • Regulation of vendors
  • General management of market area and function
  • Upgrade and maintenance of physical infrastructure of vending areas geared towards providing safe, adequate, and sanitary accommodations for vendors and members of the public.
  • The procurement, proper storage and issue of all stock of the Corporation
  • The sourcing and purchasing of all materials and supplies required by the various departments, divisions and institutions of the Corporation
  • The monitoring of all divisional and institutional sub-stores
  • The preparation of all monthly journal entries to facilitate the proper allocation of cost of issued stock to relevant votes of expenditure.
There are fourteen (14) sections within the Transport & Cleansing Section:-
  • Tyre shop
  • Battery Shop
  • Welding Shop
  • Tractor Section
  • Straightening & Painting shop
  • Mechanical Section
  • Sanitation
  • Stores Department
  • Service Bay
  • Tool Room
  • Upholstery Shop
  • Maintenance Department
  • Electrical shop
  • General office
The two main functions of this section are:-
  • Removal and disposal of garbage
  • Upkeep and maintenance of the fleet of vehicles of the Port of Spain City Corporation
(Lapeyrouse, Western and Woodbrook)
    • Provision of an inexpensive and hygienic method of interment
    • Location of available plots for burial
    • Grave digging services
    • Record keeping of plot ownership, burial dates and death certificates
    • Maintenance of cemetery grounds inclusive of plots, roadways and drainage and general office area.
  • Cremations
  • Rental of prayer room
  • Rental of columbarium
  • Sale of Urns
CONSTRAINTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY ENGINEER’S DEPARTMENT

Constraints

  • Inadequate staff and aging workforce
  • Inadequate and poorly located employee accommodation
  • Existing work hours not suited for City works
  • Funding process from parent Ministries extremely tedious
  • Projects in certain hot spots difficult to execute
  • Old and inadequate fleet of vehicles
  • Inadequately trained and skilled labour force
  • Indiscriminate dumping of garbage
  • Execution of unauthorized works outside the confines of normal working hours and days of building inspectors
  • Manual method of filing and recording
  • Age Old Infrastructural road and drainage networks

Recommendations

  • Recruitment drive
  • Filling of all vacant positions
  • Establishment of a casual labour force
  • Apprenticeship programme to be established
  • Relocation to appropriate sites in consultation with employees e.g. St James Division to site opposite Transport & Cleansing compound
  • Consider staggering work hours (off-peak hours)
  • Revisiting of Collective agreement( buy in necessary from Union)
  • Possible implementation of a shift system
  • Assistance required from security forces
  • Improved preventative maintenance and purchase of new vehicles
  • Appropriate training to be provided
  • Litter warden vigilance and enforcement of Litter Act
  • Special assignments
  • Automated electronic filing and recording system to be implemented
  • Specialized equipment required Urban Master Plan to deal with drainage and road issues