The Public Works Division staff is committed to providing the highest quality service to the residents in the most efficient manner possible. Public Works Division is responsible for a variety of duties, including: street maintenance, sewer and water main repair, building and landscape maintenance, snow / ice control, flood assistance, and windstorm debris removal.
To serve in the most efficient manner possible, the department is divided into two service groups: utility and general services. The Utility Services group is responsible for all storm, sanitary, and water main operation and maintenance. The General Services group is responsible for street, property, and equipment operation and maintenance.
One of the primary responsibilities of the Engineering Division is the administration of public improvements within the City. The Division prepares the five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and implements the program by producing designs, plans, and specifications and managing construction of the improvements. The CIP, updated on an annual basis, addresses the City's infrastructure needs and includes street, water system, drainage, sewer, and streetscape improvements. A component to the CIP process is the pavement condition index that evaluates the condition of all City streets.
The division also reviews development plans and building permit applications as they pertain to site drainage and the construction of public improvements. Engineering Division personnel also perform construction inspections relative to these improvements.
Civil engineering consultants are occasionally retained to work on major capital improvement projects, engineering reports, and designs requiring unusual expertise. Accordingly, the division recommends the employment of consultants and manages their performance on projects. A majority of project designs are performed in-house. On the construction, a majority of the project oversight is performed by city staff.
The Public Works and Engineering Department interfaces with various outside agencies, such as the Army Corps of Engineers, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Cook County Highway Department, private utility companies, and railroads, and reviews and coordinates their permits and plans.
The division disseminates public information such as floodplain data, benchmark elevations, locations of City utilities, and miscellaneous engineering data. Citizen requests pertaining to drainage, public improvements, and traffic concerns are investigated by the division.