Mission Statement and Primary Responsibilities
The Streets Department's Mission is to perform preventative maintenance which will extend the life of the existing City streets, storm sewers, ditching and culverts; to snow plow and salt the city streets for emergency vehicles and to ensure the safety of residents; to repair and maintain street and traffic signs; to operate the recycling center and to repair and maintain a safe and operable municipal equipment and vehicle fleet.
The Street Department is responsible for repair and maintenance of the City's streets, and removal of snow and ice on 228 lineal miles of road, over 630 lane miles and 450 cul-de-sacs. Other services include: traffic control, election setup, street patching, crack filling, shouldering, weed control, roadside mowing, street line striping, Christmas tree pickup, and flags, banners and decorations, maintaining over 6,000 city signs, 315 sidewalk lights, 6 flashing lights and 3 signalized intersections. This division is also responsible for the complete mechanical repair and maintenance on their fleet of plows, vehicles, tools, equipment and machinery, as well as providing fleet maintenance for the City's Fire Department, Police Department, Buildings and Grounds, Recreation, Utilities and City Hall Fleet cars.
In addition, the Streets Department is responsible for tree and brush cleanup, and the operation of the City's Recycling Center. Office staff also assist residents by providing information regarding recycling, trash pickup, hazardous waste disposal and finding alternate solutions for disposal of various items.
The Water Resource Management Division is comprised of the Street department personnel who are assigned projects to ensure proper flow of stormwater in the City. The Water Resource Management Division is responsible for ditching, endwalls, street sweeping to meet DNR requirements, catch basin repairs, cross culvert installation, steaming frozen culverts in winter and special stormwater projects dealing with the installation of storm sewer pipes.
Awards & Recognition
The Street Department and Utility Department, with assistance from the Utility department, was awarded one of five of CVMIC's (Cities and Villages Insurance Company) Significant Program Award for safety ideas in 2014. The submission "Move Over or Slow Down" is used to educate the public on moving over and slowing down when they see employees working on City Streets.
The Street Department won the 2015 CVMIC award for the "Rack and Stack" entry. Snow plow blade storage racks were fabricated in house to save money. These racks provide a safer way for employees to install plow blades and store them in less space.
The Street Department won the award a third year in a row in 2016 for the "Hazardous Liquid Tank Bumper Protection System." This bumper was fabricated from discarded basketball poles, which was repurposed to produce bumpers for the oil storage tanks in our garages.
Each winning program is awarded $1,000 to purchase safety, loss control or risk management related products or services for their municipality. CVMIC created this program many years ago in an effort to recognize and reward innovative programs created by members. The intent is to promote sharing of resources and ideas among members. All submissions are reviewed and scored by the Risk Management Focus Group. Detailed information regarding the programs, as well as previous submissions are available on the CVMIC website.