Responsibilities of Public Works
The Public Works Department is entrusted to provide, manage, and maintain the infrastructure and facilities owned by the Village of Round Lake Beach. The employees of the Public Works Department are committed to protecting the health, safety and general well-being of all Village residents by delivering outstanding public services and quality public infrastructure in a reliable, and efficient responsible manner.
Public Works News
EXTREME COLD EXPECTED
During the next several days extreme cold is in the forecast for the Chicago Area. Please note the following tips for helping to prevent frozen pipes and potential damage to your property.
- If you are afraid a pipe will freeze or they have in the past, you can allow the faucet to drip slightly, the movement will make it harder for the water to freeze.
- Disconnect any hoses from the outside of your home, drain the hoses and store them in the garage. Make sure to close the indoor valves supplying these outdoor access points.
- Seal any wall cracks. Be sure to pay careful attention to the areas around utility service lines.
- Open kitchen cabinets. This allows the warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Keep the garage doors closed to protect water lines.
- Keep your thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Never let it fall below 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit when you leave your home.
- Ensure you have proper seals on all doors and windows.
- Know where your main water shut off valve is in your house, so if a pipe does burst, you can quickly stop the damage. Find this valve and learn how to use it before you need to.
Snow and Ice Control Operations
Village crews will begin applying salt to roadways when either snow or ice begins to accumulate and cause unsafe traveling conditions. Public Works will apply brine solution to major roadways in advance of a storm to provide additional safety.
Crews begin an all-out plowing operation whenever two inches of snow have accumulated and when freezing temperatures indicate there will be no melting.
- Streets with high traffic volume, emergency routes, and bus routes on school days receive priority for plowing over residential, non-primary roads that typically do not have heavy traffic volume.
- Lower volume side streets and cul-de-sacs are also plowed/salted in the first phase.
- In order to increase efficiency, crews will, when feasible; one pass will be made with a snowplow out of the cul-de-sac; during the second phase, as time allows, the cul-de-sac will be further cleared.
Due to the expected rate of snowfall and duration, snow plowing will take several rounds, with each round taking several hours to complete. Please NO PARKING on Village streets during the NWS; WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT .
The Village of Round Lake Beach has a number of State of Illinois and Lake County arterial highways. The routes identified below, are NOT the responsibility of the Village:
IL Route 83 - State of Illinois (IDOT)
Hainesville Road, Fairfield Road, Rollins Road, Cedar Lake Road
Monaville Road - LCDOT
For additional information with Snow and Ice Control please visit our website at http://www.villageofroundlakebeach.com/339/Snow-and-Ice-Control