Division Descriptions

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The Public Works Department provides a wide variety of services through its various six operating Divisions:

Administration

The Administration Division is responsible for managing the Department and providing administrative services such as payroll and budgeting.

Central Garage Division

The Central Garage supports all Village Departments by providing service, maintenance, and repairs on Village-owned vehicles and equipment. We service approximately 75 vehicles and pieces of equipment, averaging 58 repairs each month. We also are responsible for managing the fuel distribution facility. The Central Garage has attained the American Society of Engineers Blue Seal of Excellence every year since 2007.

Street Operations

The Public Works Streets Division is responsible for the maintenance of all Village roads, sidewalks, and public rights-of-way. Specific services include maintaining the roadways, sidewalks, curbs and gutters; street sweeping; maintaining pavement markings; removing snow and ice; and brush chipping.  We maintain the Village's drainage ditches, culverts, storm sewers, and alleys.  We also maintain all Village parking lots, street lights, and street signs.

Forestry & Property Maintenance

The Forestry & Property Maintenance Division is responsible for the care and maintenance of all Village owned properties, as well as most parkways within the Village. We maintain over 8,000 parkway trees, 70 acres of public parkway, the Village's hanging baskets, the Metra Station, 11 municipal facilities, 9 passive parks, Barrington Memorial Park, and 4 wetland restoration projects located within our community. 

Utility Maintenance

The primary function of the Utility Maintenance Division is to maintain and improve the Village’s water distribution and sanitary sewage collection systems.  We perform daily preventative and emergency service, as well as long-term program work.  We maintain all Village fire hydrants, and we install, maintain and repair all water meters in the Village.

Water Production

The Water Production Division is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of the water production facilities that produce all of the potable water used by the residents of Barrington, and parts of Inverness and Barrington Hills. We operate, maintain, and repair all of the equipment, buildings, and grounds at four well sites, three water storage reservoirs, three elevated water storage tanks, one pressure-reducing station and one iron filtration facility. Our division is also responsible for all testing of the water supply.

Wastewater Treatment

The Wastewater Treatment Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Wastewater Treatment Facility and sewage lift stations that serve the residents of Barrington, and parts of Inverness and Barrington Hills. We operate, maintain and repair the facilities and equipment at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, twelve sewage lift stations, one storm water lift station, and one industrial sampling hut. We are responsible for the coordination of the sludge management program and for conducting all required tests on the treated effluent that is discharged from the Wastewater Treatment Facility.