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James Hall,
Director of Public Works

City Hall (more)
202 Arkansas Ave
Bogalusa, LA 70427
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  • Phone: 
    (985) 732-6213
  • Fax: 
    (985) 735-1377
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  • Department Hours:
    7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Public Works

The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of the City public works infrastructure. The Public Works Department employs 38 people. They are divided into several different divisions to cover the many types of maintenance that is required.

Public works department.

The head of the public works department shall be the public works director who shall be appointed by the mayor, subject to confirmation by the council, and shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor. The public works director, at the time of appointment, shall be a graduate registered civil engineer with at least two (2) years' related experience in a responsible managerial or administrative position, or shall have at least five (5) years of related public works experience in a responsible managerial or administrative position.

The public works director shall direct and be responsible for the following activities:

Engineering services for city departments and agencies.

Supervision of all contract construction work.

Maintenance of city property.

Mapping and surveying including maintenance of the city map and zoning district map.

Construction and maintenance, performed by the city, of streets, sidewalks, bridges and drainage facilities.

Traffic engineering.

Street cleaning.

Garbage and trash collection and disposal.

Inspections, licensing and permit issuance in conjunction with the enforcement of zoning ordinances and building and other technical codes.

Operation of a central facility for the repair and maintenance of city vehicles and equipment.

Operation and maintenance of the municipal airport.

Water production, treatment and distribution.

Sewage collection, treatment and disposal.


The Public Works Department takes great pride in its service delivery. The City of Bogalusa Public Works Department is committed to providing excellence in delivery of quality service at all times. This service delivery will be accomplished in a cost effective and professional manner using the most progressive technological and personnel resources that are made available to the department through its citizens. It is the goal of each Public Works employee to reach out and understand the service level expectations of its citizens and to provide those services that enhance the quality of life for the community in which we live and work.

If you should have a problem with any of the below items please feel free to call our office at 985-732-6213, our office hours are 7:00 AM till 4:00 PM. Our office is located at 202 Arkansas Avenue. You may fill out the online work request for Public Works, via this link: Online Work Request

  1. Water leaks. Leak test.
  2. Manholes; storm drains; sanitary sewer drains; sewer back-ups; dirty water.
  3. Pressure test; fire hydrant problems.
  4. Water and sewer line locations.
  5. Street repairs, curb repairs, street sweeping, alley problems, culvert repairs.
  6. Mowing maintenance of creeks and ditches, mosquito spraying, dead trees, limbs and brush.
  7. Erosion; sinkholes; drainage operations.
  8. Maintenance of Municipal Buildings and property and park maintenance.
  9. Repair and maintenance of all lift stations.
  10. Repair and maintenance of all City-owned vehicles.
  11. Repair and maintenance of all City-owned mechanical equipment.
  12. Continual operation of wastewater plant facilities. Including lab test and required reports.