Public Works Department
The services provided by the Public Works Department are essential for maintaining a secure and modern lifestyle. Our goal is to preserve public improvements by investing in our infrastructure before the onset of major problems. The Indian Head Park Department of Public Works is dedicated to working as a team to ensure our residents receive the highest quality of services today and in the future.Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining Village infrastructure that has a value today on the order of $25 to $30 million should replacement ever become necessary. PublicWorks personnel, under the management of Edward Santen, Public Works Director, deal with the daily maintenance and operation of our water, sewer, storm water and pavement systems, as well as Village park and other public landscaped areas.
Some of the many programs and services provided by the Public Works Department include:
- Water & Sewer Main Maintenance
- Arborist and Forestry functions
- Village Properties and Parks Site Maintenance
- Street Repair and Maintenance
- Street Sign Maintenance
- Snow Plowing
Hours vary as the staff is often working elsewhere in the Village. Generally, the hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call ahead at (708)246-4534 to ensure someone is present.
Indian Head Park supplies water and sewer services to some, but not all of its residents. For those residents who are serviced by the LaGrange Highlands Sanitary District, more information is available by calling (708) 246-5657.
The Public Works Department is reponsible for maintaining the Indian Head Park water, sewer, and storm sewer distribution systems. Please click here for detailed information on the Water and Sewer Services provided by Indian Head Park.
Billing for these utilities is handled through the Administration Department. Please click here for Indian Head Park Utility Billing information.
Our Forestry Division maintains our urban forest for the Village. We are involved in planting, trimming, and supervising removal of all parkway trees and the spraying and fertilizing of the trees and bushes around town. Our Public Works personnel install all the flags in town, according to the event or season. Please click here for detailed information on the Forestry-related services provided by Indian Head Park.
Streets Division -
The Streets Division provides a comprehensive maintenance program for streets, parkways, and sidewalks. The Village maintains 167 center lane miles of streets, as well as 246 miles of sidewalk. This Division is responsible for repairing potholes, filling cracks, patching pavement, maintaining parkways and parks, and providing snow and ice control. They further provide installation and maintenance of all signs on the Village maintained streets.
The Village of Indian Head Park in conjunction with the Village Engineer have created a map that shows the jurisdiction for roadways throughout the village. The jurisdiction determines what entity is responsible for maintaining the roadways. Public Works does not have authority to do repairs, plow or maintain County and State roads. Please click here for the Roadway Jurisdiction Map.
If you have a concern about a roadway maintained by Indian Head Park please call the Public Works Department at (708) 246-3154 to report its location.
Annual Pavement Life Extension Program
On a yearly basis, the Village of Indian Head Park is now undertaking a Street Life-Extension Program designed to extend pavement life until funds are available to upgrade and meet the Village's goal of maintaining all Village streets at or above the "good" level as defined by the PASER Program. PASER is a computer-based pavement management system developed by the University of Wisconsin. A yearly pavement review permits our Village Engineer to visibly rate our road system. The observations are entered into the PASER Program and a rating is calculated. All streets rated below "good" are then considered for inclusion in the upcoming year's Pavement Renovation Program.
After the specific street sections have been selected for possible renovation, the streets must be prioritized based on funding availability and life-safety issues. The Village Engineering staff makes a preliminary evaluation for curb and gutter replacement based on physical conditions of the curb and gutter systems, including severe deterioration or other structural deficiencies that would impair curb function: to efficiently remove surface water from the pavement system. Additionally, the physical state of the pavement is determined and appropriate corrective actions are considered. The primary means of pavement life-extension consist of the following methods:
- Water is the single most significant factor in determining how well a pavement system performs over its life and what its lifespan will be, assuming original design and construction was correctly done. The first and foremost means for maintenance of the existing pavements is to correctly apply crack-filling and patching. This is to be done before a pavement has deteriorated excessively. Ideally, yearly maintenance is needed to properly accomplish the desired pavement life extension with this system. This activity is mandatory to properly care for and most economically maintain our pavement system.
- Pavement rejuvenation using a sprayed rejuvenator compound is applied both to relatively new as well as older, weathered pavements. Significant benefits are seen, with pavement life-extension of several years typically achievable at very low cost, assuming the rejuvenation system is applied at an early enough stage and that normal maintenance is properly carried out prior to and after the rejuvenation application.
- Finally, an overlay of the existing Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavements is appropriate for the more heavily trafficked and/or distressed pavements, and is the most expensive means short of reconstruction for extending a pavement system lifespan. However, overlay of the pavement without proper preparation and repair of the underlying pavement system has all too often been thought to be a panacea for all of the distress conditions found in the typical HMA pavement in the Village. Repair of actual failed pavement areas and use of a geofabric reflection crack-limiting membrane system after milling is essential to providing a long-lived pavement system before the new overlay is installed.
When the bidding process is complete and a contractor is selected for the Pavement Overlay life-extension program, the first step is the removal and replacement of selected concrete curbs and driveway aprons, with such repairs typically taking taking several weeks to complete. Turf restoration is then accomplished after the concrete work is completed. The landscape contractor will backfill the open excavated areas still present after the concrete work is finished, and seed and topsoil or an excelsior/seed system would be applied behind the curbs and other concrete work performed. As such work is weather dependent, the re-landscaping phase could take place anytime from immediately after the curb placement to the end of the project.
Once the concrete work has been completed, milling of a designated thickness of the existing HMA pavement is carried out with precision milling equipment. Once the milling operation has been completed, any failed/potholed pavement areas revealed should be patched, a leveling course of new Hot Mix Asphalt is placed on the street to obtain proper pavement geometry. If the original pavement had crack systems of noticeable frequency, a reflection crack-limiting membrane should be placed before final overlay placement is carried out. Ideally the contractor will post "Fresh Oil" signs and apply a prime coat which provides adhesion between the old and new asphalt. The prime coat takes one to two hours to cure, and after that time it should not track up on vehicles. If a reflection crack-limiting membrane is used, it is preferable that traffic be kept off the membrane.
The last step involved is the placement of the “overlay”, final surface course of the Hot Mix Asphalt. When paving operations are underway, traffic should be kept away from the freshly installed HMA pavement until sufficient rolling and cooling of bituminous concrete has occurred. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at (708) 246-3154.
Our street signs are vital directional guideposts that are, unfortunately, all too often the targets of vandals and pranksters. Should you notice a missing or vandalized street sign, please call the Public Works Department at (708) 246-3154 to report its location.
Missing STOP signs are considered an emergency life-safety issue and are replaced immediately. Please call us as soon as possible to report a missing STOP sign.
New Sign Requests
Residents occasionally call to request that a STOP sign, YIELD sign, or other traffic signs be added in a particular location. In order to have a request for additional traffic signage or a change in signage considered, a written request must be submitted to the Village Administrator. The request must state the type of sign that is desired, the potential location, and the reason why the resident feels it is necessary. Each request for additional signage is studied and evaluated on the basis of need and effectiveness. The request is reviewed by the Public Works Committee and the Village Engineer to determine if traffic safety conditions would be met, and the committee recommendation is then forwarded to the Village Council for final approval or denial.
The written request may be either a letter or an e-mail sent to John Durocher at email@example.com. The Village Administrator will then send the information to the Department of Engineering, attention Michael Danecki to begin the process.
All traffic signals in Indian Head Park are operated and maintained by the State of Illinois or the Cook County Highway Department.
If you see any traffic signal malfunctioning, regardless of its location, please call the Department of Public Works at (708) 246-3154 to report it. We will contact the appropriate agency for repairs.
The Public Works Department, Streets Division provides some of the best maintained and cleared streets in the area, no matter the snow and ice conditions. Your Public Works staff works tirelessly to make sure that the Village pavements are safe for travel at all times, and that can be quite a challenge given the bitter Winter weather. Fortunately, the Village invested in a new snowplow to help keep up with any snow clearing operations needed.
Please click here for more detailed information on Snow removal and Winter preparedness.
Refuse, recycling and yard waste is handled by Groot Industries. To set up new service or to resolve issues with garbage pick-up, please contact Groot at 708-485-0900.
Please click here for more detailed information on the Refuse, Recycling, Yard, and Hazardous Waste Disposal for residents of Indian Head Park.
Chapter 8.12 of the Village code is as follows:
8.12.010 Trash burning prohibited
No person, firm or corporation shall burn any rubbish, garbage, trash or other organic refuse anywhere in the village. This section shall not be construed to prohibit wood fires in fireplaces, stoves, heaters or furnaces safely designed, constructed and installed for such purposes and complying with all applicable laws and ordinances. This section does not prohibit outdoor wood fires for recreational or for ceremonial purposes.
8.12.020 Other burning prohibited
No person shall burn any rubbish, garbage, trash or other organic material anywhere indoors in the village except in an incinerator complying with all applicable laws and ordinances.
8.12.030 Violation - Penalty
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than two hundred dollars for each offense, and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
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ComEd’s Outage Alerts program allows participants to report outages via text messaging.
Subscribers can simply text the word “OUT” to 26633 (COMED) to report an outage at the location ComEd has associated with their cell phone number and they receive regular updates on the status of their outage until service is restored. Non-subscribers who text “OUT” to 26633 will be invited to subscribe to the Outage Alerts program. New subscribers will receive a confirmation text-message that they successfully subscribed, and will immediately be enrolled to receive notifications on their cell phones or pagers when an outage has been reported at their address.
To subscribe, customers will need either the ComEd account number, the account holder's social security number or the primary phone number on the account. Customers can also now enroll in the text message program thru the VRU using their account number, SSN or phone number.
Please note that ComEd does not charge customers for this notification, but their wireless carrier may have message and data fees.
To learn more about Outage Alerts, visit ComEd.com/text.
Residents are encouraged to look for potential mosquito breeding sources around the home and take the following simple precautions:
- Throw away all trash that can hold water, such as cans, jars, and bottles.
- Clean rain gutters/downspouts to prevent water from standing in gutters or flat roofs.
- Change water in bird baths, wading pools, etc. at least once a week.
- Maintaining swimming pools properly.
- Remove or turn over containers, buckets, and the like which may accumulate water.
- Screen rain barrels to prevent adult mosquitoes from depositing eggs on the water's surface.
- Aerate ornamental ponds and stock with goldfish or other surface-feeding fish to control mosquito production.
- Dispose of any used tires without rims to prevent water accumulation.
Residents are encouraged to use a common sense approach in avoiding exposure to adult mosquitoes and any potential mosquito-borne diseases. Window screens should be inspected and repaired if damaged to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home. In addition, any openings around window air conditioners, clothes dryer vents, etc. should be eliminated for the same reason. If possible, avoid outdoor activities around dusk. If not possible, wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt. Loose fitting, light colored clothing is best. Appropriate use of insect repellents per manufacturer's instructions is recommended.
Please report dead birds to the Cook County Department of Public Health at 708-633-8025
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You may be surprised by what's buried in your yard. That's because most electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications companies are delivering utility services underground. To avoid personal injury and damage to those underground lines, state law requires you to contact JULIE before any digging project, regardless of the project size or depth. Both the call and JULIE's services are free.
Before digging, call J.U.L.I.E. (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) to locate all underground utilities in that area.
The telephone number is 800-892-0123- 24 hrs a day/ 7 days a week. Please be sure to call at least 48 hours in advance of your digging project.
When underground utilities have been located near your area you will see flags and/or paint marks. You can identify the meaning of each color using this chart. For more information, please the Illinois1call website here.