Public Works is Working For You!  

Information to keep in mind.

The Public Works Department handles water distribution, wastewater collection, stormwater collection and detention; handles maintenance of most public streets and sidewalks, including snow removal; maintains traffic signals, traffic control signs and street signs; maintains the Village’s fleet, buildings and grounds. The Public Works Department plans and oversees infrastructure construction projects such as water main replacements, sanitary sewer line reconstructions, and street overlays.

Public Works takes great pride in the jobs we do quickly and safely.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at (708) 335-9600, extension 200.

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  • Vehicles should be removed from the street after a snowfall of 2” or more (so snow plows can effectively reach the entire width of the street for snow removal).
  • It is impossible to avoid pushing snow into private driveways when plowing. To avoid frustration, please wait until Public Works has cleared the roadway of snow before finishing the end of your driveway. (The Village will not clear snow from private driveways).
  • Keep children safe. To avoid injury, teach youngsters to stay a safe distance away from the edge of the roadway to avoid contact with the snowplow.
  • Do not deposit snow into the street as it may freeze and cause a danger to drivers and emergency responders.
  • Set your garbage cans away from the roadway on snow days (after snowfall of 2” or more); remember to retrieve cans as soon as they are emptied to avoid clutter.
  • Inspect your curbside mailbox for proper construction and placement away from the curb. Posts should be of 4’ X 4” durability and strength. (The Village is not liable for mailboxes damaged during snow plowing).

In order that we may operate the facility effectively, the following guidelines have been implemented. Please help us continue to make this a successful operation.

Hours of Operation

8:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Material Allowed

Only grass clippings, leaves and small hedge clippings will be allowed at the site. No tree branches of any kind will be accepted at the Compost facility.

Who Can Use the Facility

Any Hazel Crest resident with a valid village vehicle sticker. This is to prevent others from using your compost facility as well as allowing us to effectively monitor and measure the amount disposed of as mandated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Method of Disposal

PLASTIC BAGS ARE NOT ALLOWED! You may bring yard waste in plastic bags but you may not leave them. Most residents either bring yard waste in trash cans or biodegradable paper bags. Either of these methods is acceptable.

  1. 2018 Compost Schedule

April 4 – Village Compost Facility opens for the season 2600 W. 170th Place (California & Kaindl).  Hours are Wednesdays 8:00am to 4:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am to 4:00pm (weather permitting).

Have a question or just like more information?
Give us a call at 335-9600 ext. 200.

2600 W. 170th Place (near corner of California Avenue and Kaindl Street)

When October approaches, leaves begin changing color, and as the first of them drift gently from the trees, homeowners are reminded of the task which lies before them. Leaf raking is a major fall activity, but because of the compost center located in the Village, leaf disposal is not difficult.

Composting hours on Wednesdays will be expanded, and the Center will be open at 8:00 a.m., and remain open until 4:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Leaves destined for the compost center should be bagged either in disposable paper bags or in regular plastic leaf bags. It is necessary that all materials be removed from all containers per the requirements set by the Illinois Environmental Protection agency. Paper bags can be left for recycling; plastic bags should be removed to either be put in the garbage or reused.

Under no circumstances may leaves be raked into the street; this is illegal.

Street sweeping operations are conducted in each area of the Village of Hazel Crest the week following brush pickup. Residents are reminded that the street sweeping function is much more effective if the entire street is swept. Therefore, residents are asked to avoid having cars parked on the street during sweeping times if this is at all possible.

The cooperation of all residents will be appreciated and will result in a neater appearance for all the Village neighborhoods.


HOURS: Wednesday 8:00a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

MATERIALS: Grass clipping, leaves, small hedge clippings (no larger than the diameter of a finger). Because of the full brush pickup schedule, it is no longer necessary for residents to bring brush to the composting center; consult the schedule for pick up dates in your area.

AVAILABILITY: A VALID Hazel Crest or East Hazel Crest Village sticker is required in order to use the facility.

PROCEDURE: Follow the directions of the attendant at the site. Residents delivering material must stay in their cars; those who park and carry material across the street will NOT be allowed to leave that material.

Help keep storm grates clear of debris

The Public Works Department needs the help of residents in keeping storm grates clear of debris in order to prevent flooding.

Storm grates are located in the curb, in front of or alongside your home. Every effort is made by Public Works personnel to keep these grates clean. However, during the spring and fall, seeds and leaves fall just as quickly as the storm grates can be cleaned. The Village is asking that you please remove debris around storm grates closest to your home to provide the best possible storm water drainage for your neighborhood. This is especially important in the event of a heavy rainfall.

Polluting storm sewers is a crime

Residents caught dumping pollutants into municipal storm sewers can now be fined up to $750. Anyone caught pouring oil, grease, paint, chemicals, trash, fertilizers, or other pollutants into the storm sewer system will be ticketed and severely fined.

The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the municipal storm water system and the environment. Everything that goes into storm drains winds up in our creeks, streams and lakes, which then become polluted. A Village ordinance gives Public Works employees the authority to conduct inspections, surveillance and monitoring procedures, and also to issue tickets carrying heavy penalties.

Public Works has the ability to trace back where pollutants originated. Village officials ask the public’s help in identifying violators. Residents who witness someone pouring pollutants into the sewer system are asked to immediately call the Public Work Department at 335-9600, Ext. 200.

Tree Removal and Tree Trimming will take place all year round, including during the winter months.

Tree Trimming Form

Buy a tree; Village plants it for free!

Hazel Crest’s annual Fall Tree Planting Program allows residents to buy a tree through the Village and have it planted by Public Works for free—but only along a homeowner’s parkway.

The Village no longer offers the option to have Public Works plant the tree in any part of the yard. Only parkway planting is free. If a resident wishes to purchase a tree for planting somewhere other than the parkway, the Village will only deliver the tree. The resident is responsible for moving the tree to the desired location and planting it. If the homeowner is planting the tree, please call J.U.L.I.E. (811 or 800-892-0123) so that utility lines can be marked before digging.

Applications to purchase a tree through the Village must be completed and returned with payment to the Municipal Center. A notice will be posted on the Village’s Cable Channel HCTV4 when tree packets are available for pickup at the front desk of the Municipal Center. For more information about the program, call 335-9600, Ext. 200.