The Public Works Department’s Street Division is responsible for streets, right-of-way maintenance, building maintenance, forestry and landscape maintenance, traffic control signs, street lighting, storm sewer and detention systems, and vehicle maintenance. During the winter season the Street Division is responsible for snow and ice control operations for over 243 lane miles of roads including 328 cul-de-sacs and dead end streets.
The Street Division assists the Engineering Division during projects involving Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds by repairing, installing, or relocating catch basins, storm sewer, drain tiles, parkway trees, sidewalks, and culverts. The Division also assists Fire, Police, and Administration Departments with building maintenance and repairs while still maintaining the Public Works facilities.
Storm Sewer Maintenance
Routine maintenance and repairs are necessary to ensure the conveyance of storm water through the Village’s network of ditches, storm sewers, detention basins and tributaries. Some of the most common maintenance conducted by Public Works are repairs to deteriorating catch basins, pipes that have separated due to settlement, and jet rodding of storm pipes that have been clogged by roots or other debris. Completing this work reduces the likelihood of flooding, sinkholes and future deterioration of the storm sewer system.
The Village’s network of underground storm sewer consists of concrete structures, catch basins, and piping. Catch basins are located under steel grates where the water is channeled to them by means of curbing, ditch lines, or fields, and also "trap" some of the litter, dirt and large debris that get washed into the system. Piping in our community ranges in size from 4” to 60” depending on the amount of water flow and volume that will be traveling through it. These pipes are made of different materials such as concrete (RCP), plastic (PVC), or steel (CMP) which carry the storm water runoff and melting snow to rivers, streams, retention ponds, and detention basins.