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Restructured Public Works Department on the Horizon

The Glen Ellyn Public Works Department is transitioning into a new organizational structure in 2012 to provide more management control, accountability, and customer service focus. Over the next few weeks, the Department will transition to a more traditional structure of divisions typically found in Public Works Departments. These divisions will improve responsiveness and infuse more management oversight into the day to day operations. As part of this restructuring, the part-time Village Forester position will be eliminated and the Forester’s responsibilities will be absorbed by six current Public Works employees. This multi-faceted approach is necessary as forestry services in Glen Ellyn have grown beyond that of one part-time position.

“With duties of the Village Forester assigned to several other members of the department, service to residents will be enhanced,” said Public Works Director Julius Hansen. Emphasis will be placed on tree maintenance and preservation, the tree planting program, and enhancing Glen Ellyn’s urban forest. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) plan will ensure parkway ash trees are treated or removed in a systematic manner. Other important initiatives will continue including education efforts, Arbor Day recognition and partnership with the Morton Arboretum and other organizations. The Village has been a Tree City USA community for over 25 years.

“The Village has limited resources and this change will result in cost-savings to the taxpayers Director Hansen continued, but rest-assured tree preservation and protecting our urban forest remains critical to the overall mission of the Village.” All forestry related questions or concerns can be reported to Director Hansen, at 630-547-5515.

“Peggy Drescher established a strong network of loyal community forestry followers in her years as Village Forester, “said Village Manager Mark Franz of the 23 year veteran. “She is respected in the municipal forestry area. The Village sincerely thanks Peggy for her work and wishes her well in the future.”
Please contact Village Manager Franz at 630-469-5000 with any questions on the new Public Works organizational structure.

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