The Administration office of the Public Works Department consists of the Public Works Director and the Administrative Services Manager. Clerical support staff for the Department includes three Administrative Specialists and one Fiscal Technician. The main focus of the Administration is to oversee the Department's six divisions and to provide direction and budget management for the Department. Also included is the oversight of the City's Refuse, Recyclables & Yard Waste Collection Contract, as well as support for the Commission which oversees the City/County Landfll located in Edwards, Illinois.
Collectively, the Public Works Department includes 80 full time staff members. This is supplemented in the winter months with an additional 24 temporary maintenance workers to provide assistance during snow and ice events.
The Engineering Division is lead by the City Engineer. There are six staff members in this Division, including the City Engineer, Capital Budget Coordinator, three Civil Engineer II’s (Licensed Professional Engineers), one Permit Engineer, and one Engineering Technician. This group leads the planning and development of the annual Community Improvement Program (CIP), oversees the development of detailed construction drawings, and monitors construction projects through various consulting contracts. Plans for development projects are reviewed by this group to assure compliance with City standards.
Some of the specialized areas this Division handles are: Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Project, Erosion Control permits, Floodplain administration, Neighborhood Block Party permits, Private Property Drainage Program, Right-of-Way Management, Sidewalk Programs (Sidewalk Participation and SINR -Sidewalks In Need of Repair, the Special Assessment Program, and Street Address Assignments.
The Fleet & Equipment Division manages the purchase, maintenance and repair of all City-owned
vehicles & equipment (excluding the Fire Department's). The staff in this Division includes the Fleet Services Manager, seven Vehicle Mechanics who split into providing service on a 1st and 2nd shift, and a Body Repairman. During winter storms, the shifts are adjusted to provide 24-hour coverage while snow plow trucks are on the streets.
The current inventory of vehicles, including dump trucks, police squad cars, and construction equipment totals about 336 vehicles and pieces of equipment. In addition, there are over 90 small equipment items like chain saws, mowers, blowers, compressors, concrete saws and jack hammers that are maintained by the staff in this Division.
This Division is led by the Manager of Streets, Sewers & Forestry and includes two Public Works Supervisors, one Public Works Planner and 30 Maintenance Workers. This Division is responsible for the maintenance of the City’s 485 miles of streets. The majority of the City street system, totaling 444 miles, has a chip seal surface with about 63 miles of asphalt-surfaced streets, 36 miles are concrete pavement and 5 miles are brick streets. Street sweeping is provided for the entire City at least two times per year with more frequent sweeping in the downtown area. The fleet of street sweepers includes six machines. The sewer crews are kept busy maintaining the City’s storm system that includes over 7,600 inlets.
Forestry services were added to this Division in 2010, and that work includes tree removals and mowing of grass on City-owned lots, in City rights-of-way and in boulevard areas. These services are provided by contract. Between 150 and 200 trees are removed annually under one of our contracts, and limb removal and tree trimming operations are performed by City staff and contractors, as needed and when time permits. The Adopt-A-Tree Program is currently unfunded and the Mulch giveaway is handled by this Division.
Snow removal services are provided by this Division each winter. For storm response, the staff moves to a 12-hour split shift to provide around-the-clock response to storm events. The City’s fleet includes 30 larger trucks and 12 smaller tracks for use during storm events and the crews use road salt or a mix of road salt and sand, depending on weather conditions. Pre-moistened is used in most events with a liquid form of calcium chloride to provide for removal of ice and snow from roadways.
Most of the streets within the limits of the City of Peoria are the responsibility of the City of Peoria. However, there are some streets that are not the responsibility of the City of Peoria for maintenance and snow removal. The State of Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has the responsibility for War Memorial Drive, I-74, Route 6, and Knoxville north of War Memorial Drive. Peoria County also has a few roadways in the City that they are responsible for and these include Charter Oak Road west of Big Hollow Road, Big Hollow Road, Willow Knolls Road, Wilhelm Road and a few others throughout the City.
This Division is led by the Facilities Maintenance Manager and includes one Lead Carpenter, one Carpenter, one Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician, one Painter and one Maintenance Worker. The Division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all of the City owned buildings and grounds.
The Traffic Division is led by the City Traffic Engineer, and consists of eight Electricians (one lead), four Maintenance Workers (one lead), two Traffic Painters, a Traffic Technician, an Engineering Technician and two Parking Meter Technicians.
The Electrical Section provides traffic signal maintenance (for City, County and State jurisdiction intersections), street light maintenance (with the exception that lights on wood poles, which are maintained by Ameren) and electoral review of plans and projects. This section also assists the staff in the Facilities Division to provide electrical work for City buildings and facilities.
The Sign Shop, which consists of 3 Maintenance Workers (one lead), manufactures and installs regulatory traffic signs, guidance signs, street name signs, and other traffic control devices within the City. This section also supervises the banner program and is responsible for traffic control at many of the larger Public Events held downtown and throughout the City.
The Traffic Painting Section, which consists of two Traffic Painters and a Maintenance Worker, installs and maintains the roadway pavement markings throughout the City. This section is also able to provide pavement markings for Peoria County and other nearby jurisdictions for a reasonable cost. During the off season for pavement marking the Traffic Painters assist in the Facility Division and the Maintenance Worker assists in the Sign Shop.
The Traffic Engineering is provided by the Traffic Technician and the Engineering Technician. Their duties include performing traffic count, parking, crash and speed studies, drafting traffic study reports, providing accurate maps of the City's parking facilities, and providing layout and location of traffic signs and pavement markings.
The two Parking Meter Technicians collect the coins from the nearly 800 parking meters in downtown Peoria. Their duties also include depositing the meter revenue at the bank, bagging meters for City use and maintaining parking meters.
The City's for pay parking system in the Central Business District, which consists of four parking Decks and multiple surface parking lots is also the responsibility of this Division. The majority of the management of the parking system is contracted out to National Garages/Heartland Parking.
The main services provided by this group includes street light maintenance (lights on wood poles are maintained by AmerenIllinois), traffic signal maintenance, traffic studies addressing speed and parking issues and other traffic-related matters, traffic sign installation and replacement, pavement markings and management of the City’s Banner Program. The Electricians from this Division assist the staff in the Facilities Maintenance Division and provide electrical work for City buildings too.