Joe Lauro
Utilities Commissioner
(847) 671-8253
Email Joe Lauro

Public Works Department

Public Works

Public Works is comprised of three divisions that perform all the duties that help provide us with water, utilities and help maintain its overall physical infrastructure.  It is comprised of three divisions: Water & Sewer, Streets and Fleet Maintenance.  Each division performs critical functions for our Village and is described in more detail below.

Water & Sewer Division

The Village has four combined sewer overflow locations along the Des Plaines River. To view information related to any discharges along the River from the Village or neighboring upstream communities, visit the Combined Sewer and Overflow Event Information page available on the website of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).

Streets Division

The Village Streets Division handles all public street, right-of-way and landscaping responsibilities including street repairs, our forestry program, brush removal, street sweeping, alley maintenance, snow removal and traffic and street sign replacement.

Fleet Maintenance Division

The Village owns and maintains many specialized and common vehicles for providing services to our community.  The Fleet Maintenance Division provides and coordinates all vehicle maintenance, repair and mechanical enhancements for our entire fleet - including our Police and Fire vehicles.

50/50 Sidewalk Program

Homeowners can apply for the 50/50 Sidewalk Program to help replace damaged and cracked concrete or trip hazards on the public sidewalk near their homes. The homeowner and the Village share the cost evenly. Please email Cindy Sliwinski or call (847) 671-8252 if you would like to be placed on the list. The Village will contact you to make an appointment and discuss the details.

Program Provides Coverage For Outside Water Lines

Did you know that homeowners are responsible for the repair of your buried, outside service water line that runs from the utility service shut off valve to your home? A new program offered through the National League of Cities (NLC) and administered by the Service Line Warranty Program (SLWP) offers voluntary warranty protection, at an affordable price, for water lines in the event of a failure. It will cover repairs or replacements on the outside water line that runs from the point of the utility responsibility to your home.

Many factors beyond the life expectancy of the pipe can contribute to a failure including tree root intrusion, ground shifting and weather – all factors which are covered through this program. The program provides up to $4,000 in coverage with an additional allowance for public street or sidewalk cutting. Additionally, the program has no annual or lifetime limits, service fees or deductible. If lines break, leak or clog – SLWA will repair the line using local, licensed contractors who are familiar with local code and can ensure a timely response.

For questions about this service, or to enroll, please contact Service Line Warranties of America at 866-922-9006 or or visit

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