Department of Public Works


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Director:  Joe Gillespie
Office Location:  1113 Broadway, Highland, IL  62249


The Department of Public Works has four divisions consisting of Street and Alley, Water Distribution/Sewer Collection, Water Treatment Plant, and Water Reclamation Facility providing maintenance and management throughout the city.

The administration office has three full-time employees including the director, resident engineer, and administrative assistant.
See below for more information on each division and their responsibilities.

Mission Statement for the Department of Public Works
To serve the community with safe and efficient operations for water, sewer, and roadway systems.

STREET & ALLEY DIVISION
Supervisor:  Clint Conrad
Building Location:  12263 Highland Road, Highland, IL  62249

Not Open to the Public

The Street and Alley Division has eight full-time employees to maintain improvements within the rights-of-way of Highland. Various duties include street sweeping, snow plowing, sidewalk repair and replacement, pavement patching, tree pruning and removal, storm sewer maintenance, mosquito abatement, grass and weed control of right-of-way, and maintenance of approximately 66 miles of streets and alleys.
STREETS
All streets and alleys within city limits are maintained by the Street and Alley Division. The division's largest annual project is the street sealing program where crews seal the oil-and-chip streets on a rotating basis. Street sweeping is provided all year round. The sweeper is forced to bypass any areas with cars parked along the curb. Street signs are maintained and replaced on an as needed basis. If you see a street sign missing or damaged, please call the Department of Public Works.

STORM SEWERS
Sewers may become momentarily overwhelmed and may not take water immediately during substantial rainfall in a short period. When the storm weakens and the sewer is still not draining at all, please call the Public Works office. Please help keep the inlets clean by removing leaves and other debris off of the storm sewer grates. Crews clean and flush storm sewers when needed.

WATER RECLAMATION FACILITY
Supervisor:  Bill Zimmer
Building Location:  12916 Iberg Road, Highland, IL  62249

Not Open to the Public

The Water Reclamation Facility has three full-time employees to process wastewater for Highland residents and businesses. 

The process uses an oxidation ditch and aerobic digester to treat a average 1.1 million gallons per day (gpd) with a total design capacity of 2.0 million gpd.

WATER & SEWER DIVISION

Supervisor: Randy Rinderer
Building Location:  2610 Plaza Drive, Highland, IL  62249

Not Open to the Public

Sept. 22, 2021   City of Highland Hydrant Flushing Notice
The Water and Sewer Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works will be flushing fire hydrants in Highland beginning October 4, 2021 and continue for next 2-3 weeks as part of our bi-annual routine water system maintenance.

You may experience low water pressure and water discoloration when the hydrants in your area are flushed.  Pressures will return to normal after flushing.  If the water is discolored, allow fixtures to run for a short while until it clears.  If the water does not clear, please call Public Works and we will send someone to investigate.

GENERAL INFORMATION
The Water Distribution/Sewer Collection Division has seven  full-time employees.  Various duties include water main repair, hydrant flushing, hydrant testing, new water services, sanitary sewer main jetting, and manhole maintenance.  The division is responsible for 89 miles of water main and 61 miles of sanitary sewer.


**   If you see a suspicious amount of water running, please call the City of Highland.


**   Sanitary sewer backups should be reported to the Department of Public Works to check the status of the sewer mains that are City maintained. Crews will determine if the problems is a City responsibility or that of the homeowner.

WATER TREATMENT PLANT
Supervisor:  Gary Pugh
Building Location:  3035 Highland Park Road, Highland, IL  62249

Not Open to the Public

November 9, 2021    City of Highland Water Division Notice

The City of Highland Water Division will be transitioning from free chlorine back to chloramines November 15, 2021. 

This is a process that is done annually. You may notice a difference in taste or odor.

Sept. 22, 2021   City of Highland Water Division Notice
City of Highland Water Division will be making a change from chloramines to free chlorine for the next few weeks beginning        October 4, 2021.  You may notice a chlorine smell in the water during this temporary change.  Hydrant flushing will be done at the same time.

GENERAL INFORMATION
The Water Treatment Plant has four full-time employees to process and supply water to Highland, St. Jacob, Grantfork, Pierron, and Country Hills Subdivision.

The plant treats surface water drawn from Silver Lake.  The average daily process produces 1.2 million gallons per day (gpd) with a total design capacity of 4.2 million gpd.  Finished water is stored and distributed from the ground storage and standpipe tank on IL Rte. 143, the elevated tower at 13th and Zschokke streets, and the clear wells at the plant.