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Engineering & Public Works

Phone: 847-853-7500 (7:00am - 3:00pm)
After-hours Emergency: 847-256-1200
Fax: 847-853-7705
711 Laramie Avenue
Wilmette 60091

The mission of the Engineering and Public Works Department is to provide quality service in an effective and timely manner, while maintaining high standards for the provision of safety, health and environment. In an effort to enrich the quality of life, we strive to preserve and improve public infrastructure which contributes to the high standard of living and sense of community that Wilmette residents have become accustomed to and expect, thereby enhancing the overall character of the Village.

The Engineering and Public Works Department is comprised of the following divisons:

  • Enginering Services
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Street Division
  • Water/Sewer Division
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Forestry
Engineering Services consists of a staff of three licensed professional engineers, one project manager, and one engineering assistant. These five professionals have many years of combined engineering and construction experience. Engineering Services is responsible for providing all engineering services for the Village related to:
  • The planning, design and construction of public capital projects
  • Site plan review and oversight of the design and construction of private development projects
  • Engineering inspection of public and private construction projects
  • Issuing permits for and inspecting construction in the Village rights-of-way

The organization also consists of the Street Division, Forestry Division, Water and Sewer Division, Vehicle Maintenance Division, and an Administrative Support Group. The various divisions within the department operate and maintain infrastructure and equipment for Wilmette’s public streets, street lighting, right-of-way landscape maintenance, forestry program, water distribution system, sewer collection system, refuse collection including yard waste and recycling collection, and the repair of vehicles and equipment. Each one of these services is provided by a capable, well-trained, dedicated staff, many of which have considerable tenure and experience.  These services include:

  • Resident inquiries/Customer Service and Dispatching
  • Parkway Tree Management and Landscaping
  • Street Sweeping and Street Patching
  • Water Main Maintenance and Repairs
  • Sanitary, Storm and Combined Sewer Maintenance and Repairs
  • Street Lighting Maintenance and Repairs
  • Contract Oversight for Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste Pick-up
  • Street and Sidewalk Snow Removal Operations
  • Maintenance and Repair of all Village Vehicles
The Engineering and Public Works Department normally operates Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In the event of an emergency, residents should call the Wilmette Police Department’s non-emergency telephone number at 847-256-1200 and they will notify the Public Works on-call employee.


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NameAscending SortJob TitlePhoneContact
Berger, Brigitte Engineering & Public Works Director 847.853.7627 
Lam, Guy Deputy Public Works Director 847-853-7595 
Jensen, Russ Village Engineer 847.853.7602 
Cruz, Jorge Assistant Village Engineer 847.853.7623 
Ext. 7623
Koelper, Marc Street Superintendent 847-853-7584 
Kretsch, Ron Water/Sewer Superintendent 847-853-7582 
Smith, Kurt Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent 847-853-7583 
Ramaker, John Facilities Manager 847.853.7624 
Ext. 7624
Horn, Danielle Project Manager 847.853.7628 
Ext. 7628
Sorby, Kevin Forester 847-853-7600 
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