The Public Works Department was created in 1989. Public Works is responsible for delivering and maintaining a number of fundamental services to the residents of the municipality, in their communities. These services are largely related to health and safety. In the interests of efficiency some of the services are shared with the Town of Yarmouth or contracted with the Province.
Sewage and Wastewater Collection
Chief among the services maintained and delivered by the Public Works Department for the Municipality is sewage and wastewater (sink and laundry waste) collection. The communities of Arcadia, Dayton and Hebron are linked by a sewer line to the Town treatment plant located at the south end of water Street. Sewage from Dayton and Hebron has been pumped to the Town of Yarmouth treatment plant since 1989, resulting in cleaner safer water in Lake Milo. The sewer line installed to connect Arcadia to the sewage treatment plant is the longest sewer pressure line in Nova Scotia. The pumping station is located near Arcadia School and the line runs from Arcadia through Chebogue via the old DNR rail bed right of way to the plant in Yarmouth.
The Yarmouth Light and the Shoreline
The Municipality is the owner of the Yarmouth Light and is responsible for general maintenance of the lighthouse and the site. Individual communities or organizations usually undertake beach sweeps, however, removal of a large and varied amount of debris often falls to Public Works. The disposal of whale carcasses and other marine life washed ashore can also be the responsibility of this department.