Dolton Public Works Committee: Superintendents Report

Dolton Public Works Committee: Superintendents Report
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Dolton Public Works Committee: Superintendents Report (Dolton, IL) – The village of Dolton’s public works committee held its first meeting since the new administration took office in the summer on Sept. 15. Though the committee consists of Trustees Edward Steave, Tammie Brown and Andrew Holmes, the other trustees and Mayor Tiffany Henyard were in attendance.

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Public Works Superintendent Stacy Carrel said since he was hired in May, public works has made progress on the following items:

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  • 11 light poles have been installed on Sibley Boulevard and 10 have been installed in residential neighborhoods.

  • All village owned light fixtures have been changed to new LED lights which are brighter and more cost efficient.

  • Public works has identified bad line connections and is working with an electrical vendor to address dark areas of the village.

  • He’s overseen the cleanup and removal of wood chip piles along 142nd Street, a  project that was 80% complete as of Aug. 17. That saved the village thousands of dollars in citations from the Illinois Environmental protection agency and possible legal action, he said.

  • The department implemented a clean up project focused on alleys and industrial areas impacted by illegal dumping

  • Carrel completed an overview of public works vehicles and equipment. He was able to submit a wish list based on the findings. That lead to equipment being purchased such as a large front end loader, which Carrel describes as one of the most important tools in the departments arsenal. The village was also able to purchase two ride-on lawn mowers.

  • 11 water main breaks have been prepared throughout the community. Some were running for long periods of time, resulting in lost revenue.

  • Condition of village hall parking lot has been inspected and a bid has been put out for work, in hopes that it can be completed before winter

  • The department has been trying to identify all alleys, streets and sidewalks in need of repair. Locations were selected by conditions and limitations outlined by grants received by the village.

  • In 90 days, over 30 trees have been cut down or trimmed

  • High grass lots and vacant homes are currently being cut and debris is being cleaned

  • The department is collecting data on missing or damaged street signs and leaning light poles owned by the village

“My main objective is to provide this village with a reliable municipal service in a timely and professional manner,” Carrel said to conclude his report, noting residents can reach him at scarrel@vodolton.org.

Before moving onto two new business items on the committee’s agenda, Carrel expressed the need for two CDL drivers in anticipation for the winter months. They’d be tasked with driving salt trucks in the village. Those interested can apply on the village’s website.
A lack of manpower impacted the departments ability to cut grass and perform day to day services when Carrel first started his job, he explained. Many employees were near retirement or slated to leave the village.
Dolton Public Works Committee: Superintendents Report

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