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.
Vernon Township Highway Department maintains the residential streets including the right of way for unincorporated Vernon Township.
The department provides services and programs that focus on repair and construction of streets, storm sewers, sidewalks, curbs, street signs, street lighting, street cleaning, snow removal and more
SERVICES, PROGRAMS & RESPONSIBILITIES
The services provided by the Vernon Township Highway Department are extensive and are under the direction of Highway Commissioner Michael Lofstrom. The services and programs administered by the highway department include, but are not limited to:
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.
Determine when to pre-treat, salt or salt and plow the roads, to ensure that the roads are clean and safe for all that travel on them.
Service numerous subdivisions by providing them with containers for disposal
Disposal containers are not taken to a landfill, but to a recycling organization that separates the items and recycles them. Thus minimizing the amount of garbage into the landfill
Educate the public through literature and our website
On non-source point pollution and how it can be minimized in our community i.e Car washing, animal waste, proper disposal of oil, minimize use of fertilizers, and pesticides on lawns and garden, and watering procedures
Triple separation catch basins with annual catch basin cleaning
Biodegradable soap used on cleaning trucks
Rubber mats are used during oil changes to eliminate any oil that can run into the drain
Garbage pick up on roads and right of ways
Street sweeping 3-4 times a year
To minimize salt run off, after loading the trucks excess salt is scraped back into the protective bin
Motor oil, antifreeze, and oil filters are all recycled
Erosion control through the use of RipRap, Straw Matting and Floc Logs to eliminate debris and sediment from entering the waterways, streams, creeks and rivers
Annual manhole cleaning to remove sediment and debris before it can enter the water ways
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
One of the most aggressive townships to fulfill the NPDES requirements
Attend meetings at Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (LCSMC)
Development and implementation of programs for the Township (ie: pipe mapping)
Gathering and entering of information into Geographic Information System (GIS) computer software
Attend pertinent workshops
Yearly reporting to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
Michael H. Lofstrom
Fax: (847) 634-8764
email - MLofstrom@vernontownship.com