Streets

The Village currently owns, operates and maintains over 41 centerline miles of roadway within the corporate limits of the Village. This division is responsible for maintenance and repair of asphalt, concrete and unimproved streets, maintenance and repair of roadway culverts, storm inlets, storm sewers and roadside ditches as well as providing all of the snow and ice control throughout the Village.

Our ongoing street and curb replacement program, in place since 1981, has major maintenance and resurfacing scheduled for approximately 1 mile of street each year.

street stormwater

The Village has also undertaken a number of storm sewer projects at various locations throughout the community to improve storm water drainage and reduce flooding conditions. In addition the Village has an ongoing street sweeping program.

In the winter, the Village plows snow and spreads de-icing material when necessary. Our goal is to clear all our streets within eight hours of the end of a snow storm. During snow plowing operations, snow and/or ice is unavoidably deposited across driveways and unfortunately the Village is not able to assist residents in removing these accumulations. We advise waiting to clean out your drive until after the Village crews have plowed the street.

In the fall, the Village provides curb side leaf collection service. Waste Management will use large vacuum machines to remove leaves raked to the curb by residents. Only leaves should be deposited for pickup. Branches, sticks and grass clippings are not allowed as they damage equipment and delay pickup operations. This program begins in mid-October and runs until early December. The Village provides leaf bags for residents that live along Aptakisic Road, Riverwoods Road, and Route 22 because our leaf collection equipment cannot safely collect leaves in this area due to traffic.

 

Stormwater

Stormwater runoff is the water that runs off surfaces, such as rooftops, paved streets, highways, and parking lots during rain events and snow melt. It can also come from hard grassy surfaces, such as golf courses, lawns, parks, and play fields. As the water flows, it collects debris, soil, garbage, pet waste, chemicals, salt and hazardous wastes. The stormwater quality in the village can deteriorate due to the accumulation of these materials.

The Federal Clean Water Act requires that practical measures be taken to ensure that pollutants are not discharged into Waters of the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is the permit program that authorizes discharges into the Waters of the United States. Under the second phase of the NPDES, small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) must obtain a permit for discharges.

Lincolnshire filed its first Notice of Intent (NOI) to comply with the statewide general permit conditions in 2003. The regulations require that the NOI address how the community will meet the six minimum control measures within five years of the initial NOI. The six measures are:

The Village, in conjunction with the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, developed a master Stormwater Management Program Plan to provide a consolidated resource for the Village's NPDES Program. The SMPP addresses the six minimum control measures. Annual reports are filed with IEPA which address the work that the Village has completed in the past year. Previous annual reports may be found at the following links:

The NPDES Phase II regulations authorize communities to take credit for work done by Qualified Local Programs (QLP). In Lake County, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission serves as the QLP. Lake County's Watershed Development Ordinance, which was adopted by Lincolnshire, is the regulatory document for development in the county. Compliance with the ordinance ensures that water quality is maintained both during and after construction of new developments. The Village takes credit for SMC activities for all minimum control measures with the exception of the Illicit Discharge programs and housekeeping activities.

Lincolnshire's Public Works Staff serves on the Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC). The MAC consists of several municipal representatives who assist each other in developing improved stormwater management practices. Communities benefit by incorporating ideas to ensure that their program is consistent with adjacent communities.

For more information on NPDES Phase II, visit the following sites: