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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Village of Elsie's Department of Public Works (DPW) maintains a wide variety of the Village's infrastructure. The DPW is responsible for services including water, sewer and storm water systems, the maintenance of the Village's parks, roads, trees, cemetery and other Village assets. 



 
 Shane Grinnell Office Manager  Manager@elsie.org 


Gale Bensinger Full-Time (Operations) 
Todd Watkins Full-Time (Operations)
Mike Townsend
Part-Time ( Water Operator)
Dail Langham
Part Time ( Operations)
Mary Rees Part Time (Seasonal)



     
DPW Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed for Lunch from 12p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

DPW Office Telphone (989) 862-4273
Emergency / On Call (989) 862-5193

Leaf Pickup

The Village of Elsie Brush and Leaf Collection DOs and DON'Ts

DO:Put brush out to the curb ANYTIME during the week, our crews will pick it up within a few days
DO NOT stack brush against trees, fences, utility poles or other stationary objects.

DO: Pile your brush facing all the same direction. this is so our loader can pick up the pile. 
DO NOT: just pile the brush into a pile facing all directions. Our loader will have a hard time picking the brush up, and could leave a mess or damage your lawn. 

DO: Place your brush where your garbage is collected – at the curb if your trash is collected there.
DO NOT: place brush, clippings and/or leaves in medians or where they can be washed into a storm sewer, catch basin or stream and clog up drainage systems.

DO : Leaves and grass clippings can be put out with your limbs and other brush in brown paper bags ONLY. Plastic bags will not be accepted. 
DO NOT: include limbs more than 4 inches in diameter, longer than 15 feet, or stumps with root balls and dirt. Do not include bamboo over 8 feet long.

Brush and yard waste (grass, leaves, etc.) from commercial tree and landscaping services must be disposed of by the company and not left for collection by The Village of Elsie

The Village of Elsie Brush and Leaf Collection DOs and DON'Ts

 



To Submit a Work Order
1. Click on the work order button
2. Email/enter your name, address and contact info
3. Enter the best time for a DPW employee to reach you
4. In detail what the work order/issue is
5. Push send
If you do not hear back within 2 business days please call 989-862-4273



Storm Drain Cleaning

The Village council approved the DPW renting a street sweeper/Storm drain cleaner. We made some progress with our storm drain system.  We used the storm drain cleaner attachment during the day, Then at night ( from 5p to 10p) we used the sweeper attachment to clean the streets and gutters. We did an average of 4 to 5 catch basins drains a day. We started with the “problem drains” that flooded every time it rained…. Most of them, as you can see in the photos were full to the top with dirt etc. The catch basins we cleaned out were apx 10 feet deep once we cleaned them out. So we took out about 9 feet of dirt out per catch basin.  It did rain last night and I drove around at the ones we cleaned out, and had NO FLOODING!! This means it worked.  Please make sure when you mow the lawn, or mulch your leaves, DO NOT put them in the curbing... this is what fills our drain system.

 

Water FAQ

 

How does the village know how much water you have used each month without going inside and looking at the meter ?

There are "eyes" or sensors that are attached to your meter inside, and located outside your house.  The village of Elsie has two types of meters.

 The first style is a black sensor that is mounted to the side of your house. The other stlye is called a "pit meter". This is a pit in your yard, with a locking cap on it. On top of the cap is also a black sensor.

 Each month our DPW crew walks around town scanning each sensor, then the data is linked into the billing system at the village office.

 To help our DPW crews Please keep your water meter "eye" clear of dirt, snow, leaves, shrubs etc. The DPW needs to be able to access it. If you have any questions on where your sensor is located please give the village offica a call and a DPW crew member will meet with you.