Public Works

The Public Works Crew offers a number of services for the City residents including:

The City of Jefferson Public Works
1122 Tensfeldt Avenue

Phone: 920-674-7737

Dam

The information below is being provided as a service for those who are interested in the river level in the City of Jefferson.
Per DNR mandate, the City of Jefferson must maintain the river level between a minimum headwater of 782.0 and maximum headwater of 783.0.  (United States Geologic Service (USGS) Elevation).  There is a corresponding gauge on the Rock River Dam in the City of Jefferson used to measure the water level.

Gate adjustment is determined by headwater elevation and flowage upstream.  For more information on upstream water levels and flow Click Here.

**  Dam Opened Additional to Facilitate Upstream Boat Launch Project- Dam Operating Within DNR Regulation
**** Both Gates Closed Completely and Reopened for Maintenance Operations.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EAST GATE IS OUT OF COMMISSION FOR FISH PASSAGE.

Staff

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR/CITY ENGINEER
William (Bill) Pinnow 920-674-7727
317 South Main Street
Jefferson, WI 53549

* If you need to meet with the Engineer it is best to schedule an appointment.

PUBLIC WORKS FOREMAN
Dave Hubbard 920-674-7737
1122 Tensfeldt Avenue
Jefferson, WI 53549

* Most of the work conducted by the Department is done outside of the PW Facility and it is likely that you may reach the answering machine. Please feel free to leave a message and the Foreman will return your call at a later time.

The Public Works Crew is made up of six street crewpersons and a chief crewperson. In addition, the City has two mechanics which repair and maintain all City equipment.

Stormwater

Since January 2008, the City of Jefferson has had a Stormwater Utility to fund stormwater improvements within the City.  These charges appear on your monthly utility bill from Jefferson Utilities.

Please refer to the documents below for more information:

Stormwater Utility FAQ

Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study

Stormwater Credit Manual

Snow Removal

Well this winter looks to be just like last year…full of snow! It is important that we all work together to make sure that snow removal is a safe and efficient process.

During the winter months please use the following guidelines:

Keep All of Your Sidewalks Clear of Snow and Ice. This not only ensures the safety of all pedestrians, but is also the law. According to the City of Jefferson Municipal Code, Chapter 240, Section 7, “The owner or occupant of real property shall remove snow and ice from the sidewalks within 24 hours after the end of snowfall.”

Keep Your Mailbox Clear. Help your mail carrier, help you. By keeping your mailbox clear it will ensure that your mail will be delivered to your home on time.

Be Patient. The Streets Department wants to ensure the safety of all drivers, but they need time to properly clear all of the roads. THE MAIN ROADS ARE THE FIRST PRIORITY. Residential roads will be plowed in the order of traffic importance. Please plan ahead to give yourself enough travel time.

Stay Clear of the Plow Trucks. Plowing snow is a very dangerous job. Keep your distance from all plow trucks. Remember that if you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you!

Follow Winter Parking Restrictions. Winter Parking is in effect from December 1 through March 31 each year. Chapter 265, Section 4 of the City of Jefferson Municipal Code states, “…parking shall be permitted on one side of the street only, with vehicles to be parked on the even days of the month on the side of the street which has even house numbers and on the odd days of the month on the side of the street that has odd house numbers. The day shall commence at 12:00 noon and continue for 24 hours thereafter.”

By following the above restrictions, the Streets Department will be better able to clear the streets for safe travel. With everyone’s cooperation we can make this winter a successful one!

Yard Waste

GRASS CLIPPINGS & RAKING OF LEAVES INTO STREET
Section 197-8(P). Blowing Grass Clippings and Raking Leaves into Streets. In the interests of Public Safety, and General Welfare, Community Appearance and Efficiency of Operation, it shall be unlawful to rake, place, or mow fallen tree leaves or grass clippings onto the pavement or into the gutter of any public street unless directed by the City of Jefferson. No person shall permit grass clippings from mower swaths to remain upon sidewalks, street pavements, gutters of any public street, or on abutting property not owned or occupied by said person. The penalty for violating this Ordinance is set forth in Chapter 1 Subsection 1-4 (C)(1) and penalties may be adjusted from time to time by Common Council Action.

How Do You Dispose of Yard Waste?
Please do not place yard waste, LEAVES or grass clippings into the street. In the fall the City does allow leaves to be raked into the gutter section of the street. However, this is only in the fall and only for leaves. The City has a special machine for picking up leaves and is only put together and used in the fall. The rest of the year you must take your yard waste to the compost site or mulch and leave the clippings on your lawn

Compost Site Hours
The compost site is now open for the 2018 season. Please note the hours for 2018 (Wednesday open at 8am/Friday open at 2pm thru the weekend). A lot of time has been spent by Public Works crews improving the site layout, gravel drive and adding new signage. In an effort to prevent unlawful dumping, the site will also be under surveillance. As always, the site is intended for Jefferson residents only. Thank you for keeping our compost site clean from garbage.

Brush Pick-up
Brush pick-up starts on the first Monday of each month throughout the year (unless snow plowing prohibits collection). You should have your brush out on the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday to ensure your brush will be picked up during the week. We ask that people put their brush on the tree lawn, with all of the larger heavy ends of the branches facing in one direction, with the flow of the traffic.
We still have people piling their brush in a tangled, mixed up fashion. If this is the case, the city crew will leave the pile of brush for the property owners to either straighten out or dispose of themselves.
Please understand that due to the LARGE volume of brush which can be put at the curb it often takes more than one day for the crews to circulate the entire City. Please be patient.

Brush Pick up in fall.
Brush collection will follow the same yearly schedule. As in the past, the crew will be using a brush chipper to pick up the brush.
DUE TO THE LARGE VOLUME OF REQUESTS RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT, THE CREW IS UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE REQUESTS FOR BRUSH PICK-UP DURING THE MONTH. PLEASE SCHEDULE TREE AND SHRUB TRIMMING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CITY’S SCHEDULE.

Fall Leaf Pick-Up
Starting in mid-October, the City street crew will begin picking up leaves that have been raked into the gutters. The crew will continue to patrol the streets of the City until either all of the leaves are collected, or the snow prohibits them from continuing.
Residents are also advised and encouraged that if you do not want to wait for the crew to come by and pick up your leaves, you can take them to the compost site. The Compost site is open through November (see hours above).

Need Help?

Jefferson City Hall: (920) 674-7700
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce: (920) 674-4511