The Engineering Department is responsible for providing professional engineering services as requested by city administration. Responsibility for the oversight of this department is assigned to Gary E. Beck, Jr., Building Inspector. Technical services performed include civil engineering design and analysis, preparation of project specifications and contract documents for infrastructure projects, construction management, survey, site plan review, and preparation and maintenance of city records and maps. This office administers construction permits, evaluates and recommends architectural/engineering firm selections, and performs site plan review functions for City Planning Board. The department also assists the Department of Public Works in the daily operation of city infrastructure including:

  • Water distribution system
  • Sanitary sewer and city sewage pumping stations
  • Storm sewer system
  • Water Pollution Control Plant

Important Information about Lead in Your Drinking Water

Lead in drinking water does not come from the treatment plant. However, homes built before 1986 may contain lead solder in the pipes. Lead enters the water by corrosion, or wearing away, of lead in the service line and household plumbing.

Under State and Federal law, we are required to have a program in place to minimize lead in drinking water. This program includes corrosion control treatment, source water treatment, and public education, and is currently in progress. In addition, we are working closely with the Poughkeepsie Water Treatment Facility and County officials to address this issue and keep residents informed.

A brochure about this issue is being mailed to all water customers, and copies are available in the Adobe PDF format below and on our Downloads page

For more information about Poughkeepsie’s water, call 845-729-3945.  Other information about lead in drinking water can be found at:

New York State Health Department
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Report Illicit Discharges Into the City Storm Water System

Hotline: (845) 451-4055 – All callers will remain anonymous

The illicit discharge detection and elimination program is designed to identify and eliminate any discharge into our storm sewers that is not comprised entirely of storm water. These discharges can contain high levels of toxic materials and pollutants including heavy metals, oil and grease, solvents, nutrients, pathogens, and raw sewage; they can have a great impact on water quality and ecosystem health in our surrounding water bodies. Illicit discharges enter the system through either direct connection via piping or indirect connections such as infiltration from failed sanitary systems or spills on roads that are collected by catch basins. People dumping waste oil, antifreeze, paint or other chemicals into a catch basin or stream are also major sources of illicit discharges.

Please call the above Hotline to report any suspicious activities.

City Engineering field personnel conduct routine testing of our stormwater system to detect and pinpoint the sources of illicit discharges and they depend on the public to report any possible sources of pollution to the City’s storm system and waters. If you know of an illicit discharge into the County’s storm water system, please call us at our IDDE Hotline.

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Office Hours and Location

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm
City Hall – 62 Civic Center Plaza – 2nd Floor

Contact Information

Phone: (845) 451-4055
Fax: (845) 451-4101
After Hours Emergency Contact Number: (845) 451-4000 (City Police)

Joseph Kane
Drafting Technician
Phone: (845) 451-4192
Fax: (845) 451-4101

Stormwater Public Contact

Joseph A. Chenier, CPESC, CMS4S
Assistant Civil Engineer
Phone: (845) 451-4215
Fax: (845) 451-4101

Engineering Downloads

  Health of the Casperkill

  Curb Cut Application

  Curb Cut Standards

  Fallkill Stream Walk

  Lead in Drinking Water FAQ

  Solutions to Water Pollution

  Phase II Construction Requirements

  Lead Information

  Lead Information - Spanish

  Rain Gardens

  Preventing Stormwater Pollution

  MS4 Annual Report

  Construction Requirements for Your Development

  City Standards - Erosion & Sediment Control

  City Standards - Pavement

  City Standards - Sewer

  City Standards - Water

  City Standards - Curbs & Sidewalks

  2015 Fee Schedule - Engineering Review Fees

  Creek Road Public Information Presentation - May 18, 2015