Public Works Department

The mission of the Public Works Department is to provide and maintain the infrastructure of the City of Coos Bay while protecting the health and welfare of the City residents, businesses, and visitors. We are here to provide quality services, within available resources, to our customers in a timely and effcient manner, as well as to support economic growth and development with the unity and trust of highly qualified and skilled personnel.

Get To Know

Jim {last_name} - Director Photo Jim Hossley

Jim started in the Public Works profession in 1990.  He joined the City of Coos Bay in October 2005.

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  • Q:

    × Are property boundary lines shown on GIS maps accurate?

    The property boundary lines shown on GIS maps are within a few feet of the actual boundary, but are not exactly accurate due to the nature of GIS. GIS is intended to be a graphical representation only and by no means an official survey or legal interpretation thereof. The City of Coos Bay provides this data in good faith and makes no warranties, guarantees or representations of any kind, either expressed or implied, as to the content, accuracy, completeness or reliability of this data.

  • Q:

    × When do I have to hook up to the City’s sewer or a septic system?

    When a collection line or service lateral becomes available within 300 feet of a property served by a private sewage disposal system, the user shall construct a private lateral to connect the property to the wastewater system, and any septic tanks, cesspools, or other private sewage disposal system shall, at the owner’s sole expense, be abandoned in accordance with state law and in accordance with Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requirements.

    Where no collection line is located within 300 feet from any boundary of a property, the owner shall construct and connect to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of Section 13.15 of the Coos Bay Municipal Code. The owner shall operate and maintain the private sewage disposal system at all times in a sanitary manner and at the owner’s sole expense. Permits may be required by the DEQ for the installation and/or maintenance of the private sewage disposal system. It is the owner’s responsibly to comply with all DEQ requirements.

    The local DEQ office is located at 381 N Second Street, Coos Bay, OR 97420. The phone number for DEQ’s office is (541) 269-2721.

  • Q:

    × Do I need a permit to remove a tree from my property?

    You do not need a permit or permission to remove a tree on your own property. However, if the tree is in the public right of way, such as next to the street or sidewalk, you must have approval from the Tree Board prior to removal. You may also need a Public Works Permit for work in the right of way. Contact the Public Works Department at 541-269-8918 for additional information.

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The Engineering Division provides engineering services for the City's public improvement projects.  These projects are primairly related to wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.  The Division also provides engineering review of plans for private improvements within public right-of-way or that impact public right-of-way.

Engineering Staff

Jennifer Wirsing, PE
City Engineer
Phone  541-269-1181 x 2247

Stephan Stys
Engineer Administrator
Phone 541-269-1181 x 2206

Rishia Mitchell
Environmental Specialist
Phone 541-269-1181 x 2249

Nik Rapelje
Engineering Services Coordinator
Phone 541-269-1181 x 2221

Jared Sylvester
Engineering Services Coordinator
Phone 541-269-1181 x 2249

Patti Matzie
Contracts Administration Specialist
Phone 541-269-1181 x 2224


Creating, maintaining and delivering accurate, up to date geographic information resources for the City of Coos Bay staff and its citizens.

What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. It is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on earth. GIS technology integrates database operations and statistical analysis with the unique visualization and spatial analysis benefits offered by maps. These abilities distinguish GIS from other information systems and make it valuable to a wide range of public and private enterprises for explaining events, predicting outcomes, and planning strategies.

GIS Services

GIS Services is responsible for the development and maintenance of all enterprise GIS data utilized by the City. Specific responsibilities include map production, geospatial analysis, GPS data collection & processing, software/hardware configuration and web mapping application design.

External Links

Oregon Spatial Data Library




Micah Lynn
GIS Coordinator
541-269-1181 x 2258


The City of Coos Bay provides GIS maps for its citizens and staff to view and search for a variety of data. Maps are available through interactive web-based applications or as downloadable files.

Online Interactive Maps - Select the link below to access the City's web-based mapping applications.

Coos Bay Maps


Standard Maps - The following City maps are available for download in Adobe® pdf format.

Zoning Map

Comprehensive Plan Map

Urban Renewal Districts Map

Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan Map

Street Map


The Operations Division is responsible for the maintenance of the public infrastructure.

Services provided by this division include: the repair of City streets, sidewalks, storm water, street sweeping, tree service, public drainage facilities, mowing of City's property, installation of traffic control devices, traffic signals, traffic markings, fleet management and facility management. Operations Division also oversees project management and contract management of large infrastructure and facility projects, which includes securing outside resources such as grants to assist both the department and other shareholders in achieving the City's goals.

Plans, schedules & Documents

Streets Task Force Recommendations

Coos Bay Transportation System Plan - Volume 1

Coos Bay Transportation System Plan - Volume 2

Street Grading Schedule Map

Utility & Service Lateral Installation Restoration Policy - 2018


The following plans and standards have been adopted.

design standards, Policies & Details

Engineering Design Standards
Standard Details
Utility & Service Lateral Installation Restoration Policy - 2018
Policy for Reduced Street Construction and Design Standards

Wastewater Master Plans

Collection System Master Plan - Volume A
Collection System Master Plan - Volume B - System Mapping
Collection System Master Plan - Volume B - Proposed Improvements

Stormwater Master Plans

Collection System Master Plan - Volume A
Appendix A
Collection System Master Plan - Volume B - System Mapping
Collection System Master Plan - Limited Area - 2004

Sewer Lateral Regulations

Letter to Industry, Guidelines for Illegal and Legal Discharge

Streets & transportation plans

Streets Task Force Recommendations
Coos Bay Transportation System Plan - Volume 1
Coos Bay Transportation System Plan - Volume 2
Street Grading Schedule Map


Current city projects

Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 2 Expansion and Upgrade

Empire Boulevard


Projects that will be starting soon

Eastside Safe Routes to School 

The City, Coos Bay School District, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) partnered on a Safe Routes to School project to provide safer pedestrian access to and from Millicoma School. The project location extends from Millicoma School (2nd Ave.) to the Isthmus Slough Bridge. The project improvements include storm infrastructure, sidewalks, accessibility ramps, marked crosswalks, and rapid flash beacons. The City applied for and was awarded a $2 million Safe Routes to Schools grant from ODOT to partially fund the project. The project schedule is still currently being worked out with the contractor, but is expected to begin in April 2020.

4th Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Construction of the 4th Street Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project (Phase I) is also expected to begin in April 2020, which includes reconstruction of the roadway, new traffic lights, bumpouts, new pedestrian crossings including rapid flash beacons, and ADA compliant sidewalks. The project location is within the Coos Bay Urban Renewal District and extends from Commercial Avenue to Donnelly Avenue. The City has partnered with the Coos Bay North Bend Water Board for the replacement of a water main in the same area. The City intends to complete similar improvements to 4th Street from Market Avenue to Commercial Avenue and Donnelly to Elrod at a later date (Phase 2).


Current Request for Bids, Proposals and/or Qualifications from the City of Coos Bay

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