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
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,
Provides solid waste collection services including trash,
recyclables, compost, and household hazardous waste
Oversees the supply, storage, and distribution of drinking
Maintenance of the City’s water system, wastewater collection
system, and storm water collection system
Maintenance of City owned equipment
Public Works Department
215 W. Main St.
Northville, MI 48167
Monday - Friday,
8:00am - 4:30pm
In 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
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
The Department of Public Works is dedicated
to improving the quality of life in Northville.
After hours emergencies
City of Northville Police Department
215 W. Main Street
Northville, MI 48167
New DPW Director Named
at City of Northville
Loyd 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
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
“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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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
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.