Public Works

Department of Public Works

Director Chuck Bissell (815) 728-0535
The Department of Public Works provides the following services for our residents.

  • Road and Bridge maintenance
  • Snow and ice removal from public streets
  • Maintenance of public buildings and village equipment
  • Street and traffic control signs
  • Leaf removal (Marengo Disposal)

Note that in some recently annexed subdivision, the roads remain private and these services will not be available until these private roads are accepted by the village.

The combined Village and County ordinances impose the following restrictions on open burning of yard waste:
• Burning of landscape waste is prohibited within 100 feet of a habitable structure or within 50 feet of a structure that is not habitable. (garage, shed, barn, swimming pool, etc.);
• Only on Saturdays between dawn and dusk in October and November, then again in April and...

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Maintenance of Easements, Ditch and Culverts, are the responsibility of the property owner to maintain. Owner responsibilities can be found in Village Ordinance's 052, 103 and 324.

The Village of Wonder Lake will be continuing the leaf removal program. We initiated this program in an effort to improve air quality for the residents of Wonder Lake by reducing the amount of smoke generated during the leaf-burning season. We received positive feed back from Village residents and based on the greatly reduced amount of smoke, believe this program is very successful....

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It is important to be aware that the effectiveness of road salt diminishes as the temperature falls.  The lower the temperature the less effective the salt becomes. Road salts effectiveness is also reduced during freezing rain, because it is washed off the pavement by traffic as the rain continues falling and freezing on impact.  In any weather when salt is spread, drive as if there...

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With winter on its way, this would be a good time for residents to check their mailbox and post to be sure that they are sturdy and can handle the snow roll off from plows.  If repair or replacement is needed, please take the time to do so.  If your mailbox or post falls down in the winter months, the only thing that can be done is a temporary fix or mail delivery will be disrupted...

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If your roadside mailbox becomes a casualty of the Village of Wonder Lake’s war with the wintertime elements, the village will replace it only if damaged directly by a village owned and operated snowplow. However if damage was caused by the windrow (wall of flying snow) hurled by a passing plow, the village will not repair or replace it. Sturdiness should be considered when you purchase and...

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Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic beetle that was unknown in North America until June 2002 when it was discovered as the cause for the decline of many ash trees in southeast Michigan and neighboring Windsor, Ontario, Canada., Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Illinois during the summer of 2006.  Click here to learn more

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Partially funded by Community Development Block Grant, American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, FED grants, and Motor Fuel Tax;    

  • Thompson Road Bridge Replacement - FED

  • East Wonder Lake Road Resurface - ARRA

  • Thompson Road Watermain...

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Allows the Village to Permit work in the corporate limits, Seawalls Etc.

MS 4 POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION

As storm water flows over driveways, lawns, and side-walks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. Storm water can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters...

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Standards required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).The SMPP describes the procedures and practices that can be implemented by the Village of Wonder Lake toward the goal of reducing the discharge of pollutants within stormwater runoff in order to comply with Federal standards. Compliance with the plan is intended to protect water quality thus contributing to cleaner...

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The main objective of our snow removal plan is to allocate sufficient manpower, equipment, and materials to the snow removal effort to provide an “open road” objective.  An “open road “ objective provides that the streets  should be passable with only a reasonable amount of inconvenience, based upon the actual storm conditions, and should provide a safe driving surface, if reasonable...

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