Government: Departments

Department of Public Works

The Vernon Township Department of Public Works provides many of the basic services we tend to take for granted. Its personnel are responsible for a vast range of duties in and around the township including the following:

  • maintenance and repair of the township’s approximately 106 miles of streets and right-of-ways
  • plowing, sanding and salting of roads during the winter
  • operation of the township recycling center
  • maintenance, service and repair of all municipal vehicles and equipment including police, fire and rescue squad vehicles
  • maintenance of all township facilities, parks, playgrounds and athletic fields
  • maintenance, repair and replacement of all signs throughout the township
  • painting of crosswalks, railroad crossings and handicap spaces in public parking lots
  • administration of the Clean Communities program

When police need to set up a detour or the building department has to board up an abandoned dwelling, they call public works. When a car accident results in fluids on the roadway, public works is on the scene to sop up the mess. And during the winter months, manpower is on-call around the clock to respond to calls for winter maintenance of roads and vehicles.