Public Works & Engineering

The Public Works and Engineering Department consist of the Street Department, Water Department, Sewer Department and Engineering Division.  As a Department, Public Works is responsible for the operation and maintenance of public infrastructure.  These services are essential to ensure a safe and comfortable city for our residents. 

Street Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of public infrastructure. This includes asphalt patching, street sweeping, maintaining street signs, repairing and upgrading streetlights, parkway tree trimming, and snow removal. 

Water Department maintains the City’s source water wells, repairing water main breaks, and meter reading.

Sewer Department operates the wastewater system. 

The Engineering Division oversees  projects including public infrastructure improvements, private development, construction, and utility permitting. 

Water Main Breaks

Please report water leaks or main breaks to City Hall by calling (815) 838-0549, option 3. For emergencies after hours, please call WESCOM at (815) 838-2131.

Discolored Water

Due to pressure fluctuations in the system, you may experience some discolored water. The sediment in the mains causes this to occur. In the early spring, the mains will be flushed to remove the accumulated sediment. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It will take a few hours for the system to settle. Please contact the Water Department if the problem persists for more than a day.


Sump Pump Connection Permit (PDF)
Prevailing Rate of Wage Ordinance (PDF)