Street Maintenance

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Snow & Ice Removal

During the winter months, the Public Works Department works to remove snow and ice from Village streets. Public Works is responsible for several miles of roadway and during long or heavy storm events, clearing all streets can take some time. Village collector roads are plowed first, and then smaller local roads are plowed second. Plowing will continue through the snowfall event and when the snow ceases to fall, final plow passes can keep the roadways clear. Any follow up plowing on all roads will commence on the next day.

Residents in some parts of Homewood may be part of homeowners associations or cooperatives who hold contracts with outside companies for snow and ice removal, call the respective Management Office for inquiries.

Salt Beet Brine

Come winter, you will begin to see Homewood’s Department of Public Works spraying the Village streets with a solution that looks quite a bit like iced tea.

In an attempt to protect drivers from slippery conditions, while being mindful of salt scatter and runoff, trucks will be pre-treating the streets with a special brine. The recipe: NaCl (salt), H2O (water) and an unusual ingredient that has become something of an industry standard for winter road use: beet juice.

This beet-salt brine, made in part from sugar beet molasses, will be sprayed on area roadways — helping trap the salt that will be spread so it can more effectively melt the snow and ice.

Prior to a storm event, Village streets will be sprayed with the liquid brine so it has time to dry. Then when it starts to snow, the brine works its magic by helping prevent the snow and ice from bonding to the pavement. Not only does the brine work as a pretreatment, it also aids in de-icing after a storm, thus reducing overall salt usage.

And the brine sticks around — with a life span sometimes of more than four days, making pretreatment of roads much more effective.

It’s also good for the environment. Environmental scientists have been documenting an increase in ground water salinity, particularly in the winter months and usually closer to major road ways. Using this brine reduces salt scatter and runoff.

Mailboxes at Curb

Mailboxes are the responsibility of the homeowner and must be regulated to meet the requirements of the United States Postal Service (USPS). The front of the box should not extend over the curb, and the post should be placed firmly in the ground and not cracked, rotted or rusted. Please be sure that the box is attached securely to the post. The Public Works Department will not be responsible for mailboxes damaged by a snowplow if the mailbox does not meet these postal requirements.

Contact Us

For questions concerning mailboxes, please contact the Public Works Department at (708) 206-3470.

Additional Resources

USPS Standards for Residential Mailboxes

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