The Street Department is responsible for seven functions:
The Street Department is responsible for maintaining the public streets of the City — other than US Route 12 (Buffalo Street), which is the responsibility of the Michigan Department of Transportation. Maintenance of streets includes snow removal, cleaning, patching, signing, and marking, in addition to preservation, reconstruction, resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation. Streets can include transportation via motor vehicles, mass transit, bicycles and other wheeled equipment, as well as for pedestrians.
The City's stormwater management system includes buried drainage pipes, open ditches, natural ravines, rain gardens, oil separators, and more. Proper stormwater management prevents flooding and keeps the water that flows into Lake Michigan as clean as possible.
Sanitary sewers are used to collect wastewater from toilets, sinks, indoor showers, clothes washers, dishwashers, and garbage disposals. Wastewater should be plumbed into the sanitary sewer collection system, not storm drains. In the City, the sanitary sewer collection system is maintained by the Street Department, with assistance from the Galien River Sanitary District (GRSD) Sewer Authority (who is responsible for forcemains and wastewater treatment.)
The City has authority over the planting, trimming, and removing of trees and shrubs in City rights-of-way. Please contact the Street Department to report trees in a City right-of-way which are diseased, dead, or a threat to public safety. After major storms the Street Department removes broken tree branches left by residents and property owners at the edge of the street.
The decorative street lights along North Whittaker Street from Oselka Drive (including the new train station) to Water Street, and the lights along North Thompson Street from Merchant Street to Mechanic Street, are the responsibility of the City. Please contact the Street Department to report that any of these lights are out. All other street lights in the City are the responsibility of the electric utility company.
The Street Department is responsible for the maintenance of vehicles and equipment from all City departments (e.g., police cars, fire trucks, lawnmowers, snow plows, and more.)
Street Department facilities include the City Maintenance Garage, stockyard, and the salt storage building, all of which are located at 204 E. Jefferson St.