Right of Way Maintenance

  1. Environmental Services

Public Works

171 N Ross St, Suite 200

  1. Phone: (334) 501-3000
  2. Hours:  M-F - 7:30AM-4:30PM

Jeff Ramsey


  1. Phone: (334) 501-3001
  2. Email: jramsey@auburnalabama.org

Right of Way Maintenance is responsible for vegetation management (including grass cutting, weed abatement, tree/brush removal), vector control, street sweeping, litter control and downtown maintenance.

Right of Way Vacation Policy and Procedure

Litter Control

Q How often is litter collected along City right-of-way areas?
A The litter detail crew is scheduled to patrol the City's streets on a rotating schedule. Please contact our office for further information regarding scheduling, or if you would like to participate in Keep Auburn Beautiful (affiliate of Keep America Beautiful) events geared towards litter reduction and prevention efforts within the City.

Street Sweeping

Q When does the street sweeper service our area?
A Barring uncontrollable circumstances that may affect the schedule, the street sweeper is scheduled to sweep most areas on a 4-week rotating basis. For further information, please contact our office.

Vegetation Management

Q Why is vegetation management important?
A Safety is a high priority at the City. Vegetation, if left alone will grow out of control, blocking visibility (signs, traffic, wildlife) which could endanger motorists. Weeds must be controlled to avoid impacts on the farming community and native ecosystems. Pride of ownership and the beauty of Washington are also important factors.

Downtown Maintenance

Q What department maintains the downtown area?
A The entire City works to maintain the downtown area from Public Safety regarding safety, Public Works regarding sidewalk repairs, and Environmental Services regarding cleanliness including, solid waste collection, litter and graffiti.

Vector Control

Q What should I do if I have a problem with mosquitoes around my home?
A Residents should contact our office for further information. NOTE: The City’s integrated mosquito program is coordinated with assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Auburn University Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Q What can I do to help minimize mosquito activity on my property?
A Reducing the sources of water, a primary source for mosquito breeding sites is helpful. A few steps that can be taken to minimize mosquito populations are as follows:

  • Dispose of unused containers that collect water in your yard such as old buckets, cans, bottles, or jars.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets, and keep drains and gutters unclogged so that standing water does not collect in these areas.
  • Change the water and scrub the sides of birdbaths, animal troughs and pet watering dishes frequently to eliminate mosquito eggs.
  • Properly discard unused tires, make holes in them, or store them in a covered area so that standing water does collect in them.
  • Turn wheelbarrows, tubs, children’s wading pools, and boats upside down or store them under cover when not in use.
  • Keep weeds, vines and grass trimmed since mosquitoes use these shady areas as resting places during warm daylight hours.
  • Fill tree holes with sand or mortar so that water does not collect in them.
  • Change water in vases and pots that hold flowers or cuttings at least twice weekly.

Vacating the Right of Way/Easement

The process to vacate streets or right of way in the City of Auburn is regulated by the Code of Alabama, 1975. In accordance with the requirements of state law, several steps must be followed so that a resolution can be presented to the City Council and to assure the Council that all issues have been addressed.

Application to Vacate Right of Way/Easement