OFICE OF THE HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER
Michael H. Lofstrom, Highway Commissioner
If you would like to contact the Highway Department with after hour emergency information, please call the office number (847)634-4600 and follow the prompts to the Vernon Township Highway Department Emergency Voicemail.
SERVICES, PROGRAMS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Road Construction – Rebuild, resurface and provide general maintenance for all streets in the unincorporated area
Fleet and Equipment Maintenance- Prepare specifications for purchase of all trucks and equipment. Maintain vehicles, equipment, building and grounds, by performing the work in house to minimize the outsourcing of the work which would be at a much higher cost.
Sidewalks, Curbs & Sewers – Replace, upgrade to ADA standards and provide general maintenance for all sidewalks, curbs and storm sewers in the unincorporated area
Flood Mitigation – The department has in place emergency procedures to assist residents of high-level flooding areas as well as a clean-up and recovery program after major storms if necessary
Street Cleaning – The department administers a regular street cleaning program from early spring to late fall throughout the unincorporated area. The department utilizes an intergovernmental agreement with the Lake County Division of Transportation.
Street Lighting – responsible for providing street lighting along the public right of way in the unincorporated area. The unincorporated area has 65 street lights
Street Signage – The department is responsible for providing proper street signage along the unincorporated right of way. Signs ranging from Stop Signs, Speed Limit, No Parking, Snow Route, School Zones and others.
Grass Cutting – The department crews will cut grass along specific areas on the public right of way in the unincorporated area
Tree Maintenance - Throughout the year, the department crews trim those trees interfering with streetlights, streetsigns or the vision of motorists on public right of way in the unicorporated area. This program also includes the removal of dead trees as warranted.
Permits - To ensure the quality of work and protect township residents from liability for damate to township property, a Vernon Township Highway Department RIght of Way permit is needed for any construction in the unincorporated area that might affect the public right of way. The township may require a cash bond from the homeowner prior to issuance of the permit. This permit may be in addition to a permit required by Lake County Building & Planning Department.
Snow Removal-To be aware of the weather conditions 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This includes watching the weather radar and forecasts throughout the day and night.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Yearly reporting to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
Michael H. Lofstrom
Fax: (847) 634-8764
email - MLofstrom@vernontownship.com