The Village of Machesney Park Department of Public Works is responsible for the construction and maintenance of all physical assets owned by the Village. Additionally, the Public Works & Parks Department is involved with the planning and implementation of many of the Village’s improvement projects each year. The Public Works Superintendent works with the Administration and the Board of Trustees for long-term planning of our parks and streets to better serve the Village as we as a collective community continue to grow. Despite the varied duties and roles, the number one goal for the entire department remains: quality customer service to our residents.
Public Works is tasked with operations within several divisions:
Streets: Maintenance of local roadways through pothole patching, road repairs, curb replacement, debris removal, and several other operations.
Parks: The Village owns and maintains nine parks throughout the area which includes several playgrounds, bike paths, and nature preserves.
Storm Water: Storm Water Management and Storm Water Pollution Control both fall within the Public Works’ storm water responsibilities. The Village operates the local storm sewer system as well as several pumping stations throughout the region. Local pollution is monitored through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) which is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Traffic Signals: The Village currently operates 21 traffic signals through both emergency call-out and repairs and preventative maintenance.
Snow Removal: The snow and ice removal operations are accomplished by a combination of outside contractors and Department staff.
Mosquito Control: Public Works utilizes the services of Clarke Mosquito Control to combat and limit the local mosquito population.
Garbage & Recycling: The Village works with Rock River Disposal, Inc. to ensure refuse and recycling is collected on a weekly basis for all registered residents.
Incident Management: The Village of Machesney Park conducts emergency management planning using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) which is organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Superintendent of Public Works
Mr. Chad Hunter was appointed as the Superintendent of Public Works on June 3, 2013. Mr. Hunter graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning. He received his certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Northern Illinois University and is a member in good standing with the American Planning Association (APA).
Mr. Hunters’ duties and responsibilities are to direct, plan, and supervise all Public Works and Parks maintenance personnel. He will also supervise and direct the design, construction, repair, and maintenance of the Village streets, traffic control devices, public equipment, vehicles, parks, and municipal structures on a daily basis. He is also responsible for the coordination and issuance of various permits for roadways, water, storm, and sanitary sewer.
Mr. Hunter previously served the Village residents as the Zoning Inspector / Planning Aide from 1999-2013. His previous duties included assisting with planning and zoning activities, creating and maintaining Village maps, and investigating and rectifying zoning code and property maintenance violations, which included acting as the Village’s Administrative Hearing Representative.
If you would like to e-mail Mr. Hunter, please click here.
Public Works Department Staff
Mr. Hunter oversees a full-time staff of Public Works Technicians: Stan Oloff, Dan Rickabaugh and Matt Hehn.
Additionally, the Public Works Department typically employs 2 seasonal employees for additional grounds maintenance help during the summer months. To apply for seasonal positions when they are available, please visit Village Hall at 300 Roosevelt Rd. or the Employment Opportunities page by clicking here.