Forestry & Property Maintenance

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Forestry Division

The Forestry Division is responsible for the care and maintenance of all Village owned property as well as the majority of rights-of-way within the Village. Areas of responsibility include the maintenance of over 8,000 parkway trees, 70 acres of public rights-of-way, the Village Center, portions of Northwest Highway, 11 municipal sites, 9 passive parks, Barrington Memorial Park and 4 wetland restoration projects located within our community. While smaller jobs are completed with in-house staff, the majority of this work is completed through the use of outside contractors.

The Forestry Division is also responsible for reviewing new development projects and confirming adherence to the Village's Tree Preservation and Management Ordinance, meeting with residents to discuss plant health care on both public and private property, coordinating individual permit review and compliance as it relates to public and private tree protection & preservation, securing compliance of tree preservation and native area out lots maintenance requirements within many of our subdivisions.

Major Service Activities:

Parkway Tree Maintenance

  • Insect & disease identification and treatment
  • Remove dead, dying or diseased trees
  • Replacement of those trees annually
  • Inspect & trim approximately 1/4 of the Village's parkway trees annually
  • Install cable & bracing to extend useful street life
  • Install newly planted trees
  • Respond to emergency storm damage

Turf Maintenance

  • Mow & trim, fertilize & weed control application, litter pick up, shrub & tree trimming, planting bed maintenance
    • Village Hall
    • Public Safety
    • Public Works
    • 6 remote Public Works sites
    • Cumnor Avenue building
    • Train station grounds & commuter parking lot
    • 11 parking lot areas & 9 passive parks
    • Northwest Hwy between Hart Rd & Ela Rd - Some of these areas are maintained by the adjacent property owner


  • Install & maintain 190 summer & winter baskets annually
  • Maintain over a dozen planting beds
  • Daily watering, fertilizing as necessary, weeding, litter, May - October
  • Water & trim streetscape trees

Other Activities

  • Village chipper program
  • Review & inspect commercial & residential development
  • Assist residents in establishment of newly planted trees
  • Participate in Arbor Day activities at the 9 area grade schools
  • Maintain wetland/native areas owned by the Village
  • Assist other Public Works divisions in operational emergencies including snow & ice, water distribution and sanitary collection repairs.

Chipping Program

Public Works Forestry and Streets Divisions provide seasonal brush pick-up and chipping services along with Special pick-ups related to storm damage and Christmas trees. Seasonal chipping is performed twice per year (Spring and Fall).

Property Maintenance Division

The Village Property Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of most of the buildings, grounds and appurtenant fixtures owned or lease by the Village, including the Village Hall, the Public Safety facility, the Public Works facility, Cumnor Avenue building and the train station.
Activities include maintenance of the fire detection and suppression, HVAC, telephone & voice mail, emergency generation, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as, address windows & doors, carpentry and custodial needs and coordinates disposal of surplus equipment.

Major Service Activities

  • Basic maintenance, repairs, adjustments & alterations are performed by staff.
  • Major repairs are serviced by outside contractors
  • Janitorial needs are addressed primarily by staff and contractually.
  • Assist other Public Works divisions in operational emergencies including snow & ice, water distribution and sanitary collection repairs
  • Assist all Village Departments with operational activities, including equipment set up, meeting preparation and other related tasks.


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