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Public Works Department Overview

Public Works Department
215 W. Main St.
Northville, MI 48167
Phone: 248-449-9930
Fax: 248-349-9244
Hours:
Monday - Friday,
8:00am - 4:30pm

The Department of Public Works is primarily a maintenance organization responsible for performing the following tasks:

  • Operation and maintenance of Rural Hill and Oakwood Cemeteries
  • Maintenance of City Hall and surrounding properties
  • Maintenance of small parks and playgrounds within the City of Northville
  • Maintenance of Mill Race Village
  • Maintenance of miscellaneous City owned property
  • Planting new trees in public rights-of-way, as well as maintenance and trimming of City owned trees
  • Maintenance of downtown streetlighting, landscaping, sidewalks, parking structures, and parking lots
  • General setup, traffic control, and clean up of civic events
  • Fall leaf collection program
  • Maintenance of City bridges
  • Local and major street maintenance including road grading, traffic sign placement/replacement, patching, striping, repairs, and snowplowing
  • Provides solid waste collection services including trash, recyclables, compost, and household hazardous waste
  • Oversees the supply, storage, and distribution of drinking water
  • Maintenance of the City’s water system, wastewater collection system, and storm water collection system
  • Maintenance of City owned equipment
  • Mill Race Village is maintained by the Department of Public WorksIn addition to maintenance the Department of Public Works proposes and manages the City’s capital improvements for streets, parking lots, sidewalks, water systems, sewer systems, and the cemeteries.

    By far, it is the Department of Public Works performing these routine but critical activities, which maintains and improves the high quality of life in the City of Northville.

    How to Contact Us

    8:00am - 4:30pm
    Department of Public Works Office
    215 W. Main Street
    Northville, MI 48167

    Mission Statement

    The Department of Public Works is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Northville.

    Phone: 248-449-9930
    Fax: 248-349-9244

    After hours emergencies
    City of Northville Police Department
    215 W. Main Street
    Northville, MI 48167
    Phone: 248-349-1234.

    News

    New DPW Director Named at City of Northville

    FeedbackLoyd Cureton was named director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the City of Northville and began his new role on March 5, 2018. Cureton oversees the delivery of essential services to the community, including water service, sewer, snow plowing and roads maintenance.

    He will develop and implement projects that impact the city infrastructure and capital improvements, and will provide oversight to new development in the city, working with community leaders to ensure new construction is built to quality standards set forth in the city code.

    Cureton has more than 26 years of experience at all levels of government, from planning and zoning to building and road systems, and has managed a cemetery. He comes to the city from Ferndale, where he served as DPW director. Prior to that, he worked for the City of Walled Lake for 20 years, first as a water technician, then for 18 years as DPW director. He graduated from Northville High School and has numerous certifications in the public works field. He succeeds Jim Gallogly, who retired.

    “Taking the job at Northville gives me the hands-on approach that I prefer. I like to interact with the staff and people in the field, and love being out in rain and snow.” The Northville native added, “This job is a ‘coming home’ for me.

    “You need public works every day to keep the streets plowed, keep the sewer system from backing up, and ensure the water is safe to drink. People assume that’s it going to work, and it’s my job to make sure it does,” he said.

    He is eager to meet the residents and business owners and work with contractors on public works projects. “I will be available and approachable. I will return phone calls as soon as possible. I want to get to know what people’s concerns are.”

    Cureton and his wife, Dianne, live in New Hudson. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.

     

    Consumers Energy prepares to replace gas lines in section of Northville

    Consumers Energy will be working to replace gas lines along four city blocks now through next week. The work area spans from Main to roughly Dubuar and from Center to midway between Linden and Rogers, with the bulk of the work along Dunlap.

    In total, about 35 homeowners and a few businesses will be impacted. Imaging has been completed to identify the location of sewer lines – a measure to ensure gas lines are positioned safely.

    During the process, Consumers Energy will need to turn off the gas lines of 27 homes (in small groups over the course of several days) for about one hour and then reconnect them to the new infrastructure. All work should be completed by Feb. 16.

    Residents affected have been notified by door hangers placed on their homes and letters mailed to them. Questions can be directed to Chase Hanson, project manager at Consumers Energy, at 248-303-4312.

     

    Jim GalloglyJim Gallogly set to retire after 22 years with City of Northville

    When asked what he does, Jim Gallogly, director of the Department of Public Works, quips that he’s the town janitor.

    In reality, he has a domain that includes clearing leaves and snow from City streets as well as repaving them; working with utilities to ensure that people have clean, accessible, affordable water and functioning sewage lines; and maintaining and repairing City-owned facilities and properties. It’s a tall order for one man with a staff of only six.

    His last day will be Jan. 11, the day he turns 66. The vacancy will be filled on an interim basis by Chris Porman, who also is DPW director for the City of Plymouth.

    Being a civil engineer with B.S. degrees in construction technology from Purdue and in engineering from Tri State University, he knows what it takes to build a road or install a new sewer line. Yet, he also has to manage the finance and accounting portion – paying contractors on time and preventing cost over-runs. His master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University helps with that aspect.

    Prior to joining the Northville City staff in May 1995, Gallogly worked for the cities of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, and for a consulting firm.

    In his job, he frequently interacts with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), neighborhoods, City Council and the Beautification Commission, schools, the Police Department, Fire Department, Finance and Personnel. “I think that’s a positive,” he says, noting that he enjoys helping other departments when services overlap.

    “We’re here to provide service to the community,” said Gallogly, who, as City engineer, also serves on the Building Authority Board. The board establishes policy and administers City-bonded construction projects.

    A good day is when he takes on a project and accomplishes it, and gets some positive feedback along the way. A bad day is when projects don’t go as planned, and problems arise that adversely impact residents, local businesses or local governments. The solution may be to implement a work-around; at worse, it means trying plan B, which is often costly.

    “People don’t know what we do, they only know when it doesn’t work – if the sewer gets backed up or the water doesn’t turn on,” he said.

    In his two decades with the City, he has learned that people are happy when work continues at a steady pace. If there’s a slowdown in road construction or sewer pipe replacement, people don’t see work progressing and wonder why. Often, the vendor or a supplier has run into a problem that needs to be addressed before the project can continue.

    He takes pride in talking about issues with residents and others – staying calm and listening to their point of view as he tries to work out a solution. If a street is about to be paved, he sends a letter to each homeowner on the block explaining what to expect during the construction.

    “Jim’s experience and dedication to the community will be sorely missed,” said Pat Sullivan, City manager. “His kindness and good humor were always a part of his dealings with residents and coworkers. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

    The most dramatic change he has witnessed during his tenure was the transformation of downtown Northville from a sleepy town with an assortment of storefronts, ranging from classic and chic to commonplace. Main Street was reconstructed with new facades to preserve its historic roots. And the newly formed DDA brought events to town, which drew people who returned again and again – boosting sales at restaurants, bars and stores. The City is now one of the premier downtown destinations in Michigan.

    A longtime Novi resident, Gallogly and his wife, Lorna, will move permanently to their lakefront house in Northern Indiana, which they recently renovated. The couple has two sons: the younger lives in Pennsylvania and the older lives in Grand Rapids, with his wife and two young children.

    Gallogly says he enjoys doing outdoor work and plans to do more of it in his retirement. “I will be one of those people with a spotless lawn.” He’ll have more time for family get-togethers with his adult sons, grandchildren and siblings, who also live on the lake in Indiana.

     

    City employee retires from department of public works after 27 years

    As a retiree, Steve Heidt plans to balance work and relaxation. He will “work” on his hobbies, chiefly drag racing as well as rebuilding race car engines. His son Cody, a supervisor at the Northville Parks & Recreation Dept., often joins him in these pursuits. This winter, you’ll find Heidt in Florida until the last snowflake has melted in Michigan. Read about Steve's career with the City.