Public Works Department

Kerry L.  Spivey - Public Works Director
Phone: 252-792-1024  /  Fax: 252-792-3875
Debbie  Savage - Administrative Support Specialist
Phone: 252-792-1024  /  Fax: 252-792-3875
Inquiries regarding any Public Works Department related services may be made by calling the Public Works Department, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., at (252) 792-1024 or by e-mail at

Woodlawn Cemetery is town operated and maintained with two full time caretakers.  Normal operating hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The department provides grave opening and closing and perpetual care of the site.  Cemetery plots are a flat rate of $600 per plot.  Grave opening and closing fee is $550 with a $100 discount for in-town residents.  Inspection fee for mausoleums and structures other than headstones is $150; $25 inspection fee for monuments; and a $30 per hour, per employee wait time fee.

To inquire about Woodlawn Cemetery services please contact Mr. Lee Haislip, General Operations Foreman, at (252) 792-1024. 


The town’s Garage, located at the Public Works Department, is staffed by one Shop Foreman, one mechanic, as well as one clerical position. This department provides maintenance & service for vehicles and equipment for all town departments. 

For Garage-related matters, please call Mr. Steve Gooding, Shop Foreman, at (252) 792-1024. 

Sanitation Department

The town’s Sanitation Department operates Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The department conducts mosquito control, street sweeping operations, and provides residents with pick up service for yard waste (limbs, leaves, grass clippings), construction and demolition materials, white goods (i.e. refrigerators, stoves, etc.) on a weekly basis. 

The department does not pick up cardboard, plastics, household garbage, or any other materials that can not be accepted at the Martin County landfill, located on McCaskey Road. 

The Town will now pick up materials generated by lawn care services. However, The Town does not handle material generated by land clearing or tree removal.

The department does not handle any materials generated by individuals for hire, such as building contractors and landscapers.  Individuals hired to provide these services are responsible for the cleanup and disposal of any materials or debris generated as a result of their activity.

Household garbage pickup is contracted, through Martin County, with Waste Industries. Inquiries regarding household garbage disposal, may be made by calling Waste Industries at (252) 792-0576.

Sewer Department

The town’s Sewer Department operates and maintains its sewer collections system consisting of approximately 61 miles of piping and the 2.0mgd wastewater treatment facility.  The sewer system provides residential, commercial, and industrial service, consistently removing 95% - 98% of pollutants entering the facility and sending that finished product on to the Roanoke River.

A major maintenance concern is the buildup of fats, oils and grease (FOG) in the sewer collection system caused by the improper disposal of these materials. This buildup can and does cause sewer blockages which, very often, result in sewer spills. The maintenance activity involved in clearing these blockages is expensive and time consuming. The negative environmental impact from a sewer spill is also a major concern. 

To dispose of FOG properly, please pour excess grease and oil in a container and dispose of it in your household trash. Fat trimmings should be similarly disposed of and not placed down garbage disposals which end up going into the sewer system. Your cooperation can save the town valuable time and money as well as help to reduce the negative environmental impact of sewer spills. 

Restaurants and other businesses are mandated by the Town’s Sewer Ordinance to have a FOG removal program and are periodically inspected to ensure compliance. The Town is not able to implement a similar program for each customer of its sewer system and so must rely on the cooperation of the system’s customers. 

The Town’s Public Works Department appreciates your assistance as we strive to protect community health and our environment.  We welcome any customer inquiries and visits can be scheduled by calling the treatment facility at 792-4744 during normal operating hours (7 a.m. –  5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday). 

Industrial pretreatment monitoring, the grease control program, and construction inspections also occur within this department. Inquiries regarding the sewer collection system may be directed to Mr. Stacy Stalls, Street & Lines Supervisor, at (252) 792-1024. 

To see the 2020-2021 Annual Performance Report, click here.

For wastewater treatment or pumping stations, please contact Mr. Gene Reed Wastewater Supervisor at (252) 792-4744.    
Street Department
The Town of Williamston’s Street Department works in conjunction with water and sewer department personnel to maintain town owned streets and water, sewer & drainage lines. Other traffic related issues such as street drainage and signage are also handled by this department.  Any street related inquiries may be directed to Mr. Stacy Stalls, Street & Lines Supervisor, at (252) 792-1024.
Water Department

Williamston’s Water Department currently pumps approximately one million gallons of water per day from underground aquifers for residential, commercial, and industrial use within the Williamston Township, which extends beyond the corporate limits.  Recent Central Coastal Plains Capacity Use Rules require that water withdrawals from the aquifers decrease 75% by 2018, after which the Town will likely be participating in a regional water system.   To see the latest drinking water report, click here.

For additional information on the new surface treatment plant, click here to be redirected to the MCRWASA (Martin County Regional Water and Sewer) website.

Inquiries regarding water system related issues may be addressed to Mr. Gary Barmer, Water System Operator, at (252) 792-1024.