The Public Works Department has taken measures to reduce our carbon impact on the environment by employing the following activities.
Public Works Activities
- All Village office desks have been equipped with recycling bins and a list of materials that can be recycled.
- Tree debris is chipped and offered as mulch free of charge and all other wood waste is hauled to a wood recycling facility.
- All street repairs and utility trench openings are separated from asphalt and concrete and hauled to a facility for recycling.
- Asphalt grindings from street overlay programs are stock piled and used as backfill on street openings instead of purchasing stone, grindings are also used for stone shoulder work.
- Fall leaf sweeping material from Village streets is stock piled and hauled to area farms or to a recycling facility.
- The Village has a water use restriction ordinance that requires residents to follow odd and even requirements and time restrictions, and offers pamphlets that show how to preserve water.
- Public Works performs a leak survey each year to capture and repair leaks in the water system.
- Public Works has a Toyota Prius and with good driving habits has averaged 50 miles per gallon over the last seven years.
- The Village instituted an idling policy with a goal of saving 5% in fuel compared to last fiscal year. The first quarter of this fiscal year the Village met this goal reducing fuel use by 2,080 gallons.
- All new curb inlets that are replaced have "Dump No Waste, Drains To River" engraved on them.
- LED lamps on St. Charles Road traffic control devices have replaced older inefficient lamps.
- The Village received a grant to replace lighting at 35 W. Home Avenue with high efficient lighting.