The Public Works Department has the responsibility of procuring a variety of services for the residents of the Unorganized Territory of Aroostook County. Most importantly, over 39 miles of local roads, a combination of both paved and gravel, require steady summer maintenance, which may include, rebuilding, resurfacing, ditching, and a variety of mitigation measures in order to protect the transportation infrastructure. Maintenance contracts for services and equipment and materials are secured by contractors, through a competitive bidding process.
The County of Aroostook also provides winter maintenance on over 57 miles of local and major and minor collector roads, as well as County owned properties. These services are provided through contracts with various contractors, the Maine Department of Transportation and local municipalities.
The total U.T. coverage area that the County is responsible for stretches from the Cross Lake (T17R5)/New Canada Town Line to the north, down to the Norris Road (Old 157) in Molukus (TAR5) to the south, the West Gate Road in Connor to the east, and the Oxbow Road between Route 11 and the Oxbow Plantation (T9R5) Town Line to the west.
Over the years, Public Works has been very successful in securing funds from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Small Community Grants Program. They have helped many families throughout the U.T. repair or replace malfunctioning septic systems. The Public Works Director is also tasked with securing agreements with qualified contractors and service providers for a variety of services such as: ambulance protection; fire protection; solid waste removal; and law enforcement. The County also supervises the operation of a Maine DEP licensed Bulky Waste Transfer Station in Sinclair (T17R4), and is a co-owner of a septage spreading site in Cross Lake (T17R5).