Public Works Department
Public Works Director: Paul Kuester
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
Free Leaf Collection
For the health and safety of Bartlett residents, leaf burning has been banned in the Village since 1991. In order to help with the bounty of leaves each autumn, the Village’s contract with Republic Services/Allied Waste provides for leaf collection at no additional cost to residents during October and November.
Leaves should be placed in brown paper yard bags at the curb each Tuesday alongside other household refuse and recyclables. DO NOT put leaves in plastic bags, as these will not be collected. You do not need to buy Republic Services yard waste bags for leaves. Generic yard waste bags are accepted. However, all other yard waste, such as grass clippings, pulled weeds, etc., must still be placed in Republic Services yard bags for collection.
Branches may be placed at the curb according to Public Work’s brush collection guidelines for pickup through November 18 for Area A and November 25 for Area B (see schedule at www.village.bartlett.il.us/pw/pw.html).
Village ordinance prohibits any person from depositing, raking, shoveling, plowing, blowing or dumping any leaves, grass clippings, branches, snow, onto any public parkway, gutter or street. Excess leaves and lawn clippings can potentially obstruct sewers and large piles of leaves can freeze causing roadway hazards.
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.
Emerald Ash Borer
August, 2013 -- The Village has made some changes to its popular 50/50 tree program in 2013 in order to address the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation, which is threatening all ash trees in Illinois.
Bartlett has more than 5,800 parkway ash trees throughout the community, with the largest concentration in the northern portion of town. During the past year, Public Works treated 1,000 of these trees with insecticide. The treatment does not save the trees, but it can slow the decline of the tree, allowing the Village to plan for removal and replanting.
However, the dry conditions during 2012 caused additional stress on the trees already weakened by infestation. As of June 1, 2013 the Village has removed 236 parkway trees due to EAB infestation, and estimates 988 dead trees need to be removed from parkways.
Recognizing that the 50/50 parkway tree program would not be able to reforest Bartlett’s parkways, some revisions to the program have been made. Trees purchased under the revised plan will be planted starting this fall.
Under part one of the plan, the Village will plant smaller diameter trees (1.5-inch) area by
area to replace trees that have been removed. The type of tree and location will be determined by the Village and with no cost to residents.
The PW Department estimates that it will take several years to completely remove and replant all the trees impacted by the EAB infestation. This fiscal year (2013 - 2014), the Village expects to remove 988 trees and plant 200. In the following two years, 1,000 trees will be removed and 1,000 trees will be planted each year. In the final year of the program, (2016 - 2017) 800 trees will be planted.