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Ed Andrews
Director of Public Works
eandrews@ci.washington.il.us

Kevin Schone
Public Works Manager
kschone@ci.washington.il.us

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City of Washington
Public Works Building
107 Legion Road
 Washington, Il 61571
Phone - 309.745.3503
Fax - 309.745.5721

Streets Department

Supervisor - Kirk Hoog
  • Snow Rremoval of 78 miles of local roadways. Snow Route Information
  • Pavement patching and repair - cold patch, hot mix asphalt, and concrete.
  • Sidewalk Replacement program - Identification of poor/worst condition sidewalk throughout the City - 50/50 cost sharing for sidewalk replacement based upon annual concrete bid prices - City will also reimburse property owners for City's actual cost for sidewalk replacement if property owner chooses to complete work privately.
  • Maintains all street, regulatory, warning, and school signs on the City's public road system.

Distribution and Collection System
Supervisor - Rick Janes

  • Operation of the City's six (6) sanitary sewer lift stations within the collection system.
  • Annual operating programs: Sanityar sewer main flushing and lift station maintenance.
  • Bi-annual flushing of the City's near 700 fire hydrants.
  • Emergency repairs on system, including vactoring and jetting.

Water Treatment

Plant Supervisor - Tim Randall (Class B Certified)  
  • Operation of City's two (2) groundwater treatment plants.
  • Combined, both plants are capable of treating over 2.34 Million Gallons a Day (MGD).
  • The City is served by seven deep wells which pump to the plants from the Sankoty Aquifer.
  • Treatment processes consist of pressure filtration (iron/manganese removal), ion exchange (softening), and chlorine and fluoride added at both treatment plants.
  • Two 500,000 gallon elevated storage tanks for domestic use and fire protection.
  • Water treatment/distribution governed by rules and regulations of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Annual Water Quality Report (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF files. Download the free viewer here)

Wastewater Treatment

Plant Supervisor - Brian Rittenhouse (Class A and Class 1 Certified)
  • Operation of City's two (2) wastewater treatment plants.
  • Their current combined design average daily flow is 2.1 MGD with capability to treat peak flow of 3.8 MGD using an activated sludge plant process.
  • Wastewater collection/treatment is governed by the rules and regulations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Solid Waste Collection

  • The City contracts for residential solid waste, recycling, and landscape waste collection with Waste Management. Please contact them at 1-800-796-9696 to establish service or obtain additional information. Each residential property within the City corporate limits has been provided with a blue City of Washington recycling bin. Additional bins are available for purchase at City Hall for $13.10. Homeowners constructing new homes may also pick up their first bin free of charge. We do request when moving from a home that one recycling bin is left with the property for the next homeowner. All questions regarding your service should be directed to Waste Management. All recyclable material may be put in the bin, separated from the other refuse and set out on the curb. Recycling materials are picked up every other week on the same day as your garbage pick-up.
    (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF files. Download the free viewer here").
  • 2017 Recycling Schedule if you live north of Route 8 and Business Route 24 - Schedule A
  • 2017 Recycling Schedule if you live south of Route 8 and Business Route 24 - Schedule B
  • Residential curbside pick-up of unwanted items is conducted by Waste Management, generally in the month of April. This service is free to residents within the corporate limits of Washington. See more information below.

Programs

Sidewalk Replacement Program
Since 1965 the City has encouraged property owner participation in what has come to be known as the 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program. In 1991, the City Council adopted a policy to focus our resources on replacing 'worst condition' sidewalks by establishing objective standards to evaluate sidewalk condition. City mandated replacement is when City crews periodically evaluate the condition of all City sidewalks located in the public right-of-way. Sidewalks found in very poor or poor condition are then scheduled for replacement, subject to budgetary constraints.

  • Very poor condition sidewalks are those which have cracks greater than 1 1/8" wide and greater than 1 1/8" vertical separation between squares, or cracks within the same square. Excessive cracking, scaling, or pitting. Sections of broken sidewalk that can be lifted out, or are entirely missing.
  • Poor condition sidewalks are those which have cracks greater the 3/8" wide and greater than 3/8" vertical separation between squares, or cracks within the same square. Significant surface scaling or pitting present. Broken sections of sidewalks are loose and shift easily under the weight of walking. Some sections may be entirely missing.
  • Property owners placed on the 50/50 program are responsible for 50% of the cost of construction at the time of replacement and the remaining 50% is paid by the City.
  • Property owners may request for sidewalk abutting their property to be replaced. Requests must meet the above condition requirements in order to be either placed on the City's 50/50 replacement program or reimbursed for the cost of concrete material when the property owner contracts with a private contractor to have the work done. The amount of material reimbursement is based on the City's annual concrete bid price per lineal foot and the City's final inspection measurements. Sidewalk Inspection Request Form

Annual Residential Curbside Pick-Up
Annual curbside pick-up of unwanted items is generally scheduled in the month of April for one week (Monday-Friday). Items will be collected by Waste Management on the same day as your regular trash pickup. Items that will not be picked up or allowed to be disposed of are: tires, appliances, batteries, used oil, yard waste, liquids (paint, turpentine, etc.), and electronics. All items must be placed at the curb - Waste Management employees will not enter onto private property to retrieve items. This service is free to residents within the corporate limits of Washington. Questions regarding this service can be directed to City Hall offices at 444-1121.

Semi-Annual Brush Pick-Up
Semi-Annual brush pick-up is generally scheduled twice each year generally in the months of May and October. Brush must be placed (cut ends towards the street) between the curb & gutter and sidewalk or approximately 3 feet off of the edge of the roadway. Branches, limbs, or trees greater than 4 inches in diameter will not be picked up. They will be left for the property owner to dispose of at his/her own expense. City crews will not enter onto private property to retrieve brush.
Residents are reminded that the service is offered strictly for yard maintenance purposes. Any abuse of the service such as tree topping, entire hedge removal, etc. resulting in large piles of brush, branches, roots, and the like will not be permissible. These large piles will also be left for the property owner to dispose of at his/her expense. This service is free to residents within the corporate limits of Washington. Questions regarding this service can be directed to City Hall offices at 444-1121.

 

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