Public Works

Jim Starks
Director of Public Works

City of Elma
PO Box 3005
202 W. Main St.
Elma, WA 98541

Voice - (360) 482-2212
Fax - (360) 482-4960


CALL 360-533-8765

Public Works Department

The City of Elma Public Works department staff is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the City's water and sewer utilities, parks, cemeteries, street, and other public facilities.

Please see the individual web pages for details of the various public facilities managed by the Public Works Department .

Small Works Roster

The City of Elma utilizes a small works roster in letting smaller publics work project contracts. The following link will open, in Microsoft Word format, an application for inclusion on the City's small works roster. Return the completed application to the letterhead address and your firm will be placed on the small works roster....Small Works Roster Application 2021

The City of Elma operates two cemeteries, each of which are named for the fraternal organization which established the particular cemetery and later turned it over to the City for operation and maintenance. The purchase of cemetery lots and arrangements for burials are made though the Office of the Clerk-Treasurer.
Parks Division

Gladys Smith/Lloyd Murrey Park

The Gladys Smith/Lloyd Murrey Park, named for those who provided the land, is the City's largest park, comprising about 10 acres, and is located in the heart of the City. The park provides a variety of recreational activites from baseball, softball, soccer, and picnicking, to a world class playground facility.

The East County Playground

The East County Playground was funded and constructed by a group of volunteers from East Grays Harbor County who dreamed of providing area children with a safe, fantastical recreational opportunity.
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Streets Division

Street Construction
During the years following the incorporation of Elma, on March 22, 1888, the town trustees spent considerable time establishing assessment rolls for the improvements of Elma's streets.

In recent years, thanks to the efforts of Public Works Director Jim Starks and the City's consulting engineers at Gibbs and Olson, the city has received millions of dollars in grant funding used to reconstruct Main St and the Young Street Viaduct.

Main Street
Main Street, which runs through the center of Elma, has been completely reconstructed in recent years. Downtown Elma is now equipped we decorative street lights, benches, bicycle racks, and trash containers.

Young Street Viaduct
The Young Street viaduct, orginially constructed in early 1900s, was replaced in 2002 with a very attractive structure that conforms to modern engineering standards for eathquake resistance.

Water and Sewer

Wastewater Collection and Treatment
The City of Elma is served by a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant, which began operation in the Fall of 2002. The treatment plant is designed to serve a population of 5,000 and has been designed so that it can easily be expanded. The new treatment facility not only provides for greater capacity than did the City's previous facility, but it also discharges a much higher quality of effluent to the Chehalis River and utilizes ultraviolet lights to disinfect the final effluent, eliminating the need for the use and storage of dangerous chlorine gas.

Andrew Baskett, the City's treatment plant operator and Public Works Director Jim Starks take great pride in ensuring the high quality of the effluent discharged to the river and in the appearance and operation of the City's treatment facility.

Water Service
The City of Elma is fortunate to be located over a large aquifer the provides an abundant supply of good quality drinking water. The City’s water distribution system is supplied by two primary wells which pump into three different water tanks that provide storage for periods of higher consumption and also enhance the delivery pressure to various areas of the distribution system.

The application requires a notarized signature, so be sure to print the application on 8 1/2" x 14" paper and provide the required signatures.

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