The Buildings and Grounds Department maintains all Village owned lots. This includes mowing grass, putting down sod, seeding thin areas, pulling weeds, and spraying weed killer in problem areas. All Village property is included in this, such as easements, retention areas, Commerce Park, and Village Hall.
When spring rolls around, the Village brightens the town by adding flowers into the mix. Along Main Street from Division to 5th Street, and on Exchange and Benton around the Village Hall, there are numerous hanging pots, ground pots, and flowerbeds throughout the downtown area.
In 2006, a new flower display was added on Cass Street in front of the post office. In 2011, the Crete Veterans Plaza was established at the northeast corner of Main Street and Exchange Street which will include a vibrant floral display during the spring and summer months.
Throughout the chilly winter nights, you will notice the bright display of holiday lights down Main Street. During the last week of November, Public Works puts up approximately:
- 31,800 lights on the decorative trees
- 4,800 lights on the light poles
- 47 snow flake lights
- garland to cover 48 light poles
- 96 red ribbons
- Decorations on Fire Station #1 including an additional 1,000 lights on a tree on top of the building
Each year, Public Works searches for a tall, full tree to decorate and display at the corner of Main and Exchange. If you have a tree that you would like to donate to the Village, please call Public Works at 708-672-7100.
General vehicle and building maintenance is an additional function of this department. Public Works is responsible for the upkeep of all Village-owned buildings including the Village Hall, Police Department, E.S.D.A. Garage, Fire Stations 1 and 2, and the Public Works Garage. They do the plumbing maintenance, minor carpentry work, painting, electrical maintenance, and other odds and ends to keep our Village buildings properly maintained.