Do you ever wonder who mows all the city property, cleans up the parks, maintains the cemetery, plants flowers at the fountain park and City Hall, plows snow and salt roads, fills potholes, maintains water and sewer lines, performs water testing and assists residents when needed? That would be the Department of Public Works.
Our Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for maintaining and improving many things around the City of Olivet. The DPW has two full-time employees and one part-time employee who work hard to keep Olivet looking good and operating efficiently.
If you have driven through other municipalities, you can appreciate the condition of the roads in Olivet. The DPW keeps our roads well-maintained by keeping them plowed and salted in the winter months and filling potholes. They are also responsible for pavement markings, locating areas that need crack seal maintenance, trimming of trees in the right of way, street sweeping and sidewalk repair or replacement.
They are also accountable for maintaining our water and sewer systems. This includes water and sewer mains, the water tower, well houses, sewer lift stations and sewer lagoons. You will also see them four times a year out reading meters for utility billing. They comply with State of Michigan-Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) regulations and testing procedures for our water supply. Our workers also participate in training and educational meetings to keep up to date on changing regulations and the systems running smoothly.
There are many other tasks they do that most people don’t even think about like changing the flags on Main Street, helping the Chamber of Commerce put up the holiday tree in front of the Nelson building, picking up limbs in the streets after a storm, fixing broken park equipment, and helping run the Kanoe the Kazoo event.
If you see the DPW workers around town, give them a friendly smile and wave to let them know how much we appreciate everything they do for the city!