Public Works

The Public Works Department has four divisions: street maintenance, park maintenance, building maintenance, and equipment maintenance. These divisions perform the following services:
  • Street repairs
  • Sidewalk and curb repair
  • Street sweeping
  • Storm sewer maintenance
  • Painting of streets, parking lots and speed zones
  • Catch basin cleaning
  • Pot hole repair
  • Tree planting
  • Snow and ice control
  • Grass cutting
  • Traffic signal and sign maintenance
  • Right-of-way cleanup
  • Ballfield maintenance
  • Landscaping - buildings & parks
  • Fleet maintenance
Street/Sidewalk Repair
Public Works is responsible for the maintenance of all streets and roadways in Forest Park. 
Sidewalk Apron Needing Repair
Homeowners are responsible for keeping their driveways and sidewalks in good condition.

A Right-of-Way permit is required for all work on your driveway apron or public sidewalk.  All work must meet City specifications. In addition, the City must perform an inspection 24 hours before you begin pouring concrete. For the proper procedures and specifications, please call 595-5258.

Snow Removal

Snow Plowing
Our principal goal during a snowstorm is to keep major thoroughfares open. During heavy snowfall, crews will salt and plow continuously, beginning with primary routes and proceeding to residential streets. Citizens are encouraged to remove parked vehicles from city streets when snow is predicted.
Forest Park has a Snow Emergency Law. When a snow emergency is declared, all vehicles must be removed from streets with No Parking During Snow Emergency signs. Snow emergency announcements will be made on local news channels, radio, and posted on Facebook.

All property owners and building occupants are required by City Ordinance to keep their sidewalks clear of snow. Sidewalks must be cleared within 72 hours after the snow ceases to fall. Please do not shovel snow into the street.

Chipper Service

Chipper service is provided to our residential residents April - October once a month.  This program is intended to help dispose of limbs and branches.  Branches must be smaller than 8" in diameter in order to fit through the machine.  All materials must be placed curbside by 7:00 am the day service is scheduled.  Please leave branches as long in length as possible and place cut ends towards street.  Do not use wire or rope to bundle brush, please leave all limbs/brush loose on the curb.  We will not be able to chip old firewood, lumber or split rail fencing, leaves,  roots, or stumps.  The chipper crew is only scheduled for 10 minutes per stop, so please keep your pile to a manageable size.  Please see Chipper Schedule  tab on the left for dates for your area.