Public Works

Address

100 W. Palmer, Northlake, Illinois 60164

Phone

708-562-0940

Personnel

Dale Roberts        droberts@northlakecity.com
Superintendent of Public Works

Mark Rail  mrail@northlakecity.com
Foreman

Brian W. Duncan  bduncan@northlakecity.com
Foreman

Liza Montalvo  nlpw@northlakecity.com
Administrative Assistant

About

The Public Works Department for the City of Northlake is in charge of the maintenance of city streets, alleys and bridges and the maintenance of all City owned property, including parks. Maintenance of city streets includes removal of snow, street sweeping and crack filling.

The Public Works Facility, located at 100 W. Palmer, houses all administrative, street, parkway maintenance and vehicle repair services.

The Department of Public Works employs 13 workers and maintains approximately 47 miles of City streets, parking lots, storm sewers, water mains, parkways, and a fleet of City vehicles.

If you have any questions regarding the services that the Public Works Department provides, please call the Public Works Facility at (708) 562-0940.

Our Mission is to deliver quality services to enhance the living and working environment of the City of Northlake.

NPDES Compliance Documentation 2016

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a permit program to control water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.

Polluted stormwater runoff is commonly transported through municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), and then often discharged, untreated, into local water bodies.  An MS4 is a conveyance or system of conveyances that is:

  • owned by a state, city, town, village, or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S.,
  • designed or used to collect or convey stormwater (e.g., storm drains, pipes, ditches),
  • not a combined sewer, and
  • not part of a sewage treatment plant, or publicly owned treatment works (POTW).

To prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into specific types of MS4s, operators are required to obtain an NPDES permit and develop a stormwater management program plan (SMPP).  The City of Northlake is an MS4 operator under the IEPA’s General Permit for Discharges.

A copy of the 2016 IEPA Notice of Intent can be found here:  NOI Link

A copy of the City of Northlake Year 13 Annual Report can be found here and all previous annual reports can be found in the SMPP: Annual Report Link

City of Northlake Stormwater Management Program Plan:  SMPP Link

City of Northlake Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program: IDDE Link

Report a Concern

Contact the City of Northlake regarding problems with drainage features or illegal dumping into the storm sewer system.  You can report anonymously here:  Public Works 708-562-0940

Climate change description and link:  Climate change refers to any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time.  Climate change includes major changes in temperature, precipitation, or wind patterns, among other effects, that occur over several decades or longer.  As a requirement of the City’s general NPDES Permit ILR40, consideration of impacts and effects of climate change on storm water, storm water controls, flood management and BMP implementation.  A link to the EPA’s climate change website is located here: https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/.

Important Links:

After the Storm – A Citizen’s Guide to Managing Stormwater

Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff

Drainage Around Your Home

 

Animal Control Program

  • The City of Northlake provides a cage to trap animals such as opossums, skunks, raccoons, groundhogs, etc.
  • A deposit of $60.00 is required for the use of the cage, which will be refunded when the cage is returned.
  • Please stop by Public Works to request a cage and fill out a form.  There is a (30) thirty-day limit for the rental of the cage.
  • Call Public Works for removal of a trapped animal.

Branch Pick-Up

  1. Branches are picked up at the curb once (1) a month, beginning April 1st through November 1st.
  2. Branches are picked up the first Monday of each month.
  3. Please have your branches out the week prior to the first Monday of the month to avoid being missed.

Electronics Recycling / Collection

  1. The City of Northlake provides year round collection of electronics.  We collect anything with a cord, except appliances.
  2. Drop items off at Public Works Monday – Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm.
  3. Items not accepted for drop off include:  refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, air conditioners, microwaves, oversized copiers.

 

Starting January 4, 2016

You must purchase a sticker for $5.00 for recycling TV’s and Monitors.  The sticker must be affixed to these items before you take them to Public Works.  Only Northlake residents can take their electronic recycling to the Public Works Facility.

All other electronic items will continue to be accepted at no charge.

$5.00 Sticker Required                             

TVs

Computer Monitors

No Charge  

Telephones

Calculators

Printers

Answering Machines

Cellular Phones

Fax Machines

Vcr And Dvd Players

Stereo Equipment

Software Disks, Cds, Tapes.

Items not accepted:  Refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, air conditioners, microwaves, oversized copiers.

Free Mulch

Public Works provides free mulch to residents. Residents can call to have mulch delivered by the yard. Type of mulch? Branches that are picked up through out the City are then turned into mulch.

Hazardous Waste

  1. Old latex paint can be put out with regular garbage only if the paint is completely dried.
  2. Hazardous waste can not be disposed of in your regular weekly garbage collection.
  3. Examples of Hazardous waste can be found at Earth911 and for information regarding the locations of drop off sites in or near Northlake.
  4. Visit the Illinois EPA website for further information about Hazardous Waste.

Sewer Back-up

The Department of Public Works maintains the City main sewers on a regular basis to assure that flows are unrestricted.  If your home experiences sewer back-up, you can call Public Works to have the line power jetted.  In order for Public Works to power jet the line, there must be an external clean out available.  Common causes of sewer back-ups are tree roots or other blockage.  If the problems continue on a regular basis, we recommend having it checked by an insured plumbing/sewer contractor )permits are required).  The City is not responsible for the sewer line from your home to the City main.

Sidewalk Replacement

Sidewalks that are determined to be in poor condition may be replaced at the discretion of the City.

Tree Planting Program

  1. The City of Northlake plants parkway trees twice a year.
  2. Parkway trees are generally planted at a resident’s request.
  3. A variety of tree species are planted.
  4. Call Public Works to find out which trees are available and to request a parkway tree.

Tree Pruning

  1. Parkway trees are pruned for safety, health, uniformity and aesthetic value.
  2. Dead and weak branches are removed to prevent the spread of decay to the rest of the tree and to decrease the changes of storm damage.
  3. In order to obtain adequate clearance over streets and sidewalks, low hanging branches are pruned.
  4. Please call Public Works if the parkway tree needs to be pruned.