Sweeping the streets clears the streets of leaves, mud and debris and helps to prevent debris from being washed into the storm sewers after a heavy rain.
Street sweeping usually begins in March weather dependent. The Operations Division sweeps all streets with curbs and gutters monthly with the exception of March, April, October and November when they are swept twice a month. Each round of sweeping takes five or six days to complete. Additional sweepings in some portions of town are required when there has been flooding, construction debris, excessive leaves, etc. Last year we swept a total of 53 days, 286 hours, 1662 miles, and removed 86 loads of debris.
Residents can help us keep the storm sewers clear by refraining from raking leaves, and blowing grass clippings into the street. They should be bagged and removed by your waste service or used for mulch on your property.
In excess of 150 preventative maintenance functions are performed annually on the Village's fleet. The Streets/Storm Sewer (Operations) Division is responsible for fleet maintenance, maintaining approximately 61 pieces of equipment which include:
- 3 cars
- 6 pick-up trucks
- 2 pieces of heavy equipment
- 3 generators
- 1 street sweeper
- 1 trailer
- 1 compressor
- 1 tractor
- 10 large dump trucks
- 2 SUVs
- 1 bucket truck
- 30 miscellaneous items (snow plows, spreaders, etc.)
Operating Functions Include:
- Prepare & develop specifications for fleet & equipment to be bid out for purchase
- Administer a preventative maintenance program for the Village's fleet & equipment
- Maintain a fleet, equipment & parts inventory
- Perform & oversee all fleet & equipment repairs
- Perform paint & body repairs for the fleet & equipment
- Maintain one fueling station
- Perform & maintain fleet & equipment maintenance records
- Prepare retired vehicles for public auction
It is better for motorists to get stuck on a secondary street trying to get to the main system than to easily get out of the subdivision and get stuck on an arterial or collector, where the disabled vehicle would be more disruptive to snow removal activities, and the stranded motorist is further from their home.
- County Line Road
- Wolf Road
- Plainfield Road
- German Church Road
- 79th Street east of County Line Road
- North Frontage Road east of County Line Road
- Madison Street North of I-55
- North Frontage Road, West of Elm Street
If a medical emergency or unsafe condition exists, contact 911 immediately. If the motorist is stranded, they should stay with their vehicle. If an emergency does not exist, please be advised that Public Works cannot tow/push/plow out the disabled vehicle; a private contractor/towing service should be utilized for this purpose.
Every time I clear my driveway, public works comes by and leaves a big windrow (pile of snow).
Public Works crews work very hard to minimize plow deposits across resident driveways. However, despite our best efforts, it is not possible to eliminate snow deposits along the sides of roadways (including across driveway aprons). This issue is especially difficult to minimize when plowing cul-de-sacs because, at the bulb of cul-de-sacs, there is often very little parkway space to place snow. We understand residents’ frustration at finding a windrow of snow across a newly shoveled driveway. Please understand that our plow operators take as much time and effort as can be warranted to minimize this effect. Public Works cannot come back and remove the windrow.
Contact the public works department with a description of the location. Public Works will address the issue as soon as possible.
If a medical emergency or unsafe condition exists, contact 911 immediately and we will assist the emergency response with plow assistance. If otherwise, please be advised that Public Works is not able to plow/escort residents to their workplaces.
Please contact Village Hall and the public works department will place a temporary mailbox as soon as time permits and will repair the old mailbox or provide a $75 reimbursement. NOTE: Mailbox damage on Wolf Road, Plainfield Road, Madison (north of Joliet, German Church Road, and CLR is the responsibility of the County.
Due to the amount of snow, mailboxes may be obstructed, especially in cul-de-sacs. The public works department does its best to avoid this but is limited by equipment and manpower. The resident is responsible for clearing around their mailbox if they feel it is obscured.
Please contact Village Hall to identify the location. The public works department will dig out the fire hydrant as soon as time permits.
- Shoveling snow from driveways onto the street is illegal and can result in roadway icing and disruption to the Village snow removal efforts.
- Residents and plowing contractors must avoid shoveling and/or blowing snow into the roadway.
- Private plow operators who are observed pushing snow into the roadway can be towed or ticketed.
- Parking on Village streets is prohibited during snowfall events of 2” or greater. Cars parked on the street during these events will be ticketed or towed.
- When a plow is approaching, please stay back from the roadway, and especially keep children away from the roadway as the plow approaches.