Grounds Maintenance & Transportation

Grounds Maintenance

Snow plows in parking lotThe Grounds employee's area of responsibility encompasses nearly everything outside of DMACC'S buildings. The duties performed by this crew are diverse. They include, but are not limited to, the mowing and trimming of over 150 acres of turf, trimming trees, planting and maintaining flower beds, removing snow and ice from walkways. Applications of fertilizer and weed control are performed by Grounds Specialists. The maintenance and repair of 60 pieces of grounds equipment are done by the department. Over 90% of the Grounds Maintenance work orders are initiated by the Grounds personnel themselves. The Horticulture Department is very helpful in assisting us with flower beds around the Ankeny and Urban Campus.

Work on underground pipe
Truck on lift in shop
Mainteance heavy equipment in parking lot
Tractor on lawn
Tractor in parking lot


It is the Transportation Services responsibility to assist departments with office moves. They will also help with the rearrangement of furniture. Reasonable amount of boxes and tape will be provided , in advance of the move, by the transportation department. These boxes should be emptied as soon as possible and notify transportation to pickup for reuse. They are also responsible for moving surplus items to storage and then to auction.

Central Receiving is responsible for their own deliveries, with help from the Physical Plant on an as needed basis.

Snow being removed from parking lot

Snow Removal

Every effort is made to clear roads, sidewalks and parking lots of snow and ice prior to the opening of school. If a decision is made to close school, this information will be broadcast on local radio and TV stations, or by calling 964-6200 and listening to the recording. Concerns about slippery conditions should be called into X6253 on Ankeny or the campus Head Custodian and the concern will be addressed on a safety priority basis.