The Morton Grove Public Works Department maintains a well-trained staff of 36 full-time employees who serve as the backbone of all Village maintenance services. The department is comprised of four divisions (Street, Sewer/Water, Forestry and Engineering).
The Street Division maintains 82.55 miles of Village, State, and County roads including 11 miles of paved alley. Additionally, the department is responsible for the maintenance of all Village right-of-ways. Operations include street sweeping, landscaping, street patching, pavement marking, leaf collection, sidewalk and curb replacement, (tree trimming, removal, and replacement), snow and ice control, storm damage cleanup, and the maintenance of all Village-owned vehicles (Police, Fire, Public Works, and Administration). Additionally, the department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Metra lot.
The Sewer/Water Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Village-owned water and sewer systems. The water system consists of two pumping stations with a combined storage capacity of 8.55 million gallons. The stations pump approximately 3.4 million gallons a day into 95 miles of water main that supply water to 1,050 Village-owned fire hydrants. The sewer system consists of 40.6 miles of sanitary sewers, 21.3 miles of combined sewers, and 44.8 miles of storm sewers. Maintenance operations include water main repair, leak location, meter installation, inspections, J.U.L.I.E. locates, maintenance and repair of all pumping station apparatus, hydrant maintenance, and daily, weekly, monthly, yearly water sampling.
The Village of Morton Grove maintains approximately 11,000 trees on the public right of way. The Village prunes all of its trees on a nine year pruning cycle. This is done through the services of a private contractor and the Public Works Forestry Division. Residents may request their parkway trees to be pruned at any time during the year by calling Public Works. All tree removals are handled by Public Works staff. Trees are removed when they are considered to be dead, diseased, or hazardous. We do not authorize the removal of healthy trees. 2007 marked the seventh year that the Village of Morton Grove was designated a Tree City USA community. To commemorate this accomplishment, for the past six years, the Forestry Division celebrated Arbor Day with a ceremonial tree planting and distribution of seedlings to third grade students throughout the Village.
The Engineering Division is responsible for design, inspection and administration of all construction projects. These include the annual street resurfacing project, street patching program, sewer video inspections, sewer lining program, and maintaining the Village's computer-based Geographic Information System. This division is directly involved in procuring funding and administering various projects performed within the Village by the State of Illinois Department of Transportation and the Cook County Division of Highways. Additional duties include reviewing plans and proposals by private developers ensuring compliance with Village, State, Federal and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District rules and regulations.