Public Works Department
Public Works Director: Daniel Dinges
For after hours emergencies: 9-1-1
Street Maintenance is the largest of the three divisions of Public Works. It is responsible for maintaining the Village right-of-ways and most other Village properties, including the cemetery and commuter parking lots. Some Street Maintenance activities include street patching and paving, snow plowing and salting, parkway tree trimming, brush pick-up, street light maintenance and installation, roadway sign installation, tree planting, street sweeping, grass and weed cutting, street striping, landscaping, “JULIE” underground locating, maintenance of the storm sewer system, ponds, creeks, and rivers. Less visible activities include vehicle and equipment maintenance, sidewalk, bike path, and curb repairs, as well as subdivision inspections.
Water is one of the three major divisions of Public Works. Water personnel are responsible for maintaining the entire water system, including seven wells, five elevated storage towers, two ground storage reservoirs, and a pump station for water purchased from the City of Elgin.
Bartlett pumps an average of 3.90 MGD (million gallons per day) into the water distribution system, with 2.0 MGD of that coming from Elgin. The distribution system consists of approximately 292 miles of transmission mains, 2,280 fire hydrants, and 2,390 isolation valves. There are approximately 13,335 service connections which are metered and billed monthly.
The Village has replaced all of its water meters with drive-by radio-read meters, and it collects a read every month.
Water personnel are involved in maintaining the pump stations, water treatment, maintenance of fire hydrants, b-boxes and valves, building and grounds maintenance, water sampling, meter installation and repair, customer service, and meter reading.
The Sewer Division is one of the three major divisions of the Public Works Department. The Sewer Division consists of the main water reclamation plant located on Bittersweet Drive and approximately 150 miles of sanitary sewers. The Sewer Division is staffed by 12 employees who maintain the sewers, 20 sewage lift stations, and two excess flow facilities, as well as managing the water reclamation plant process and the associated equipment. The reclamation plant is able to treat approximately 3.679 million gallons per day (MGD), with a peak flow rate of 5.151 MGD. The current average daily flow is about 2.2 MGD. The excess flow facilities treat flows in excess of the 5.151 MGD. The water reclamation plant and the two excess flow facilities are permitted discharges with water quality limitations. Permits are issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The treated effluent from the reclamation plant continually meets the imposed permit limits. The treated organic matter in the sewage is biologically stabilized and hauled away by a private contractor and used as a soil amendment on farmland.
Public Works News & Highlights
Parkway Tree Program
Through its long-running Parkway Tree Program, the Village of Bartlett has shared the cost of planting trees with homeowners and has diversified the number of species used for parkway planting. However, the program was changed last year, 2013, to better address the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation threatening all ash trees in Illinois. The Village will continue to reforest Bartlett’s parkways this season, once again using the revised plan.
Under part one of the plan, the Village will plant smaller diameter trees (1-inch) area by area to replace ash trees that have been removed. The type of new tree planted and its location will be determined by the Village and there will be no cost to residents.
The second part of the plan allows homeowners to participate in tree replanting. Residents who would like a tree that is larger in diameter (2-inches) can select a tree at a flat fee of $50. Residents can select the variety of tree they would like planted from the list below. Due to the fixed number of available trees, orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. A tree can only be ordered if the ash tree at the address has already been removed.
Japanese Tree Lilac - A small (to 30 foot in height) tree, possibly the most hardy of lilacs. A profusion of white blooms cover this tree in mid-June.
Kentucky Coffee Tree - This tree adapts to a wide range of growing conditions. Hot, dry, poor soil are not limiting factors to the Kentucky coffee tree once it's established. Foliage is blue-green, turning to yellow in the fall. The mature size is about 60 feet tall. Newly planted trees tend to look sparse until the leaves emerge in spring.
Northern Catalpa - Large, heart-shaped, tropical looking leaves turn yellow in fall. The large showy spring flowers look like orchids! When the flowers shed, they look like the slang word for the catalpa, “popcorn” tree. The tree produces small tiny pods, which can be mowed up. The mature size is 50-80 feet tall.
European Hornbeam - A medium sized (40 feet high x 30 feet spread) pyramidal shaped tree that has a very formal appearance. It turns yellow-green in autumn and has few insect pests.
To order a tree, please send your name, address and phone number along with the variety of tree and check payable to the Village of Bartlett. Orders must be received by September 8, 2014. Please mail to: Parkway Tree Program, Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main St., Bartlett IL, 60103. For more information, please call Bartlett Public Works, 630-837-0811.
PW Improvements Result in Energy & Cost Savings
Bartlett’s waste water treatment plant is currently treating an average of 2.2 million gallons per day (MGD), roughly 50% of its capacity. But until recently, the three influent pumps and control system at the Stearns Road facility dated back to 1975, when the plant was originally built and the population in the Village was fewer than 5,000 residents.
During the past year, these pumps were replaced with four more powerful and energy efficient pumps. The state-of-the art pumps assure that a future increase in treatment demands at the plant can be easily accommodated, and at the same time they significantly reduce the utility costs of running the plant.
Bartlett’s Public Works Department is also in the process of changing the way it treats the sludge at the treatment plant. This major improvement consists of upgrading from a belt press to a centrifuge to dewater sludge prior to hauling and disposal.
In layman’s terms, the Village used to squeegee the water out of the sludge; now it is able to tumble it dry. The treated organic matter in the sewage is biologically stabilized and hauled away by a private contractor for use as a soil amendment on farmland. Now that it is tumbled dry, the end material is lighter and more compact. This means fewer truck loads, which is good for the environment, and also reduced cost for the Village.
Bartlett’s Street Department is playing its part in increased Public Works efficiencies too. The recently completed West Bartlett Road streetscape project included the installation of new streetlamps with LED lights.
In a 2012 U.S. EPA webinar, Responsible Purchasing Network reported that LED streetlights can result in a 40 to 80% decrease in energy use. The LED lamps also last two to four times longer than traditional streetlights, reducing replacement/maintenance costs significantly.
You Should Know
The Village of Bartlett has a Brush Pick-up program that runs from April through November.
Burned Out Street Light
If you notice a burned out street light please note its location and call the Bartlett Public Works Department at 837-0811 or use our online form to contact Public Works.
Bartlett streets are plowed in the following order: main streets, secondary collector streets, cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets. Priority is given to the most heavily traveled streets. It’s a good idea to wait until after the final pass of the plow to shovel the end of your driveway.
By law the Village of Bartlett must provide information to its residents regarding water quality. Bartlett's annual Water Quality Report delivered to residential households each summer meets the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements for “Consumer Confidence Reports” and contains information on the source of Bartlett’s water, its constituents and the health risks associated with any contaminants. Safe water is vital to the community and the Village tests and monitors its water quality on a continual basis. Please read this report carefully.