The Engineering Division is staffed by a Professional Engineer, Senior Civil Engineer, Civil Engineer and Utilities Inspector which fulfill the following main roles.
Capital Infrastructure Management
Engineering is responsible for managing the Village's roadway, sewer, and water infrastructure through the implementation of infrastructure improvements projects as follows:
Roadway Improvements: Surface Treatments, Crack Sealing, Patching, and Resurfacing and Reconstruction
Sewer and Water Improvements: Lining, Point Repairs, Replacements and Extensions
Sidewalk Improvements: Replacement and New Construction
Plan Review, Inspections & Permitting
Engineering reviews plans, issues public utility permits and completes inspections, including flow testing, for work located solely within the public right-of-way. The Division also assists the Planning and Development Department with various commercial and residential development plan review.
The Village roadway network consists of 86 miles of collector and local streets and one mile of alleys constructed primarily of concrete and asphalt. Since 2001 rehabilitation of Village roadways has been guided by a program recommended by the volunteer-led Capital Improvements Commission and approved by the Village Board. The overall goal of the program is to systematically and cost-effectively rehabilitates the roadway network so that all streets are in continuously good condition.
Proposed improvements have now been developed and detailed for the 2013 to 2022 calendar year timeframe. The program planned reconstruction and resurfacing improvements to over 27 miles of roads at an estimated total cost of $54 million in Capital Project Fund monies over the next 10 year period. Pavement preservation techniques will be implemented annually on a staff-selected basis, with planned aggregated expenditures for maintenance of asphalt and concrete roadways on the order of $400,000 per year.
Program improvements to-date have been funded primarily by a combination of $18 million in bonds approved in the November 2000 general election, utility taxes, real estate transfer taxes and cash reserves. In 2008, the Village Board approved extending property taxes originally designated to pay off debt to help fund ongoing program improvements as bonds are retired over the next six years.
Liaison to Capital Improvements Commission
The Professional Engineer serves as the staff liaison to the Capital Improvements Commission (CIC). The CIC is an advisory body to the Village of Glen Ellyn Board of Trustees.