The Street department consists of one supervisor, four full time equipment operators, one full time mechanic, and one part time employee that works at the Riley Street brush site. These employees are responsible for 10.87 miles of major streets, 19.49 miles of local streets and 24 miles of storm sewer maintenance.
The daily maintenance of streets may consist of numerous different duties including blacktopping and patching, grading gravel, street sweeping, trimming trees, mowing road shoulders, cleaning storm sewer catch basins, cleaning ditches with backhoe, repairing manholes and catch basins, painting "Stop", parking bars and crosswalks on streets, installing and repairing signs and sign posts, maintaining traffic signals, snow plowing and snow removal from city streets, sidewalks and parking lots. Tasks also include salting of city streets and roadways along with maintenance and cleaning of the city's sanitary sewer system. We also repair brick pavers and light bollards in downtown Zeeland.
Responsibilities also include repairing and maintaining the city's sidewalk and shared use path systems. The Street Department is also included in Pumpkinfest, Memorial Day, and many other activities and special events that the city offers.
In the spring of 2016, reconstruction is planned for Park Street from East Main to Rich Street. This project should be completed in late August. Jefferson Street from West Washington to West Central will also be reconstructed with both projects including sidewalks on both sides of the street.
The City will also be installing a Shared Use Path (bike path) on the east side of Fairview between East Washington and East Main. This will connect with the east side pathway which will finish the east side loop. Also slated for work in 2016 is Church Street from East Washington to East Main. This will be a mill and resurface project. There will not be any underground utility work done on this job.
The Street Department is involved in the designing and planning of all future construction street and bike path projects. Future projects include work on 101st (BL-196 to Lee), Elm (Cherry to Washington), Colonial (West Main to West Washington), Riley (96th to Fairview), Rich (Maple to Cul-de-Sac) and West Washington (Franklin to west city limits). All of these street projects are scheduled to be completed in the next 4-5 years. Our goal is to make the City of Zeeland streets and sidewalks as safe as possible while staying in the budgeted guidelines that we have. We are constantly working on our 10-Year Street Plan trying to stay within a $1.2 million dollar budget. Included in this is bike path and sidewalk construction.
Any Street Cut or Right-of-Way Permits and Storm Water Permits may be obtained at City Hall, 21 South Elm Street.
Some of the special services that we provide are City Spring Curbside Cleanup which will be April 11-15, 2016, the Day of the Young Child on April 23, 2016, Fall Leaf Pick-Up which takes place in the month of November and Christmas Tree Disposal at Riley Street Brush Site which will be December 30, 2016 and January 7, 2017.
To report potholes on city streets citizens may call (616) 772-0870 and if there is no answer, please leave a message.