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  2. call 1-800-755-5000
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Snow Plow Plans

Village of Downs Snow plowing will start at ~2" of accumulation. The goal will be to have at least one lane open during the storm, except between the hours of midnght and 4 am.  

Depending on the storm and temperature, salt maybe applied to intersections, hills and curves prior to the start of the storm.

Once the storm ends, widening, mailbox, corner and other final cleanup will be performed.  We will spread salt at the intersections and hills after plowing has been completed.

Please do not park along the edge of the road during a snow storm to help expedite cleanup.
Street Committee Meetings

The Village of Downs Streets Committee has been suspended.  
The follow is a link to their past meeting agendas, minutes and reports.

Village of Downs Streets Department

Seasonal Yard Refuse Pickup

Our debris pickup runs from April through November (weather permitting) on the first Monday of the month.  If the designated Monday pickup is not favorable, we will pick up on the next nice day following that Monday.  The following are the rules we will follow with no exceptions.

  •  Items to be picked up must be burnable and free from all nails, screws, plastic, and metal (ex:  Leaves, sticks, brush, branches, etc.)
  •  All items must be within the Village right-of-way on curb, driveway or as close to the road as possible without creating a hazard in the road.  (Note:  Since we use a backhoe, in most cases, to do this work, we DO NOT want to tear up or rut, yards or ditches.  If we can’t reach the debris from the road or a driveway, we WILL NOT pick it up.
  •  We will not pick up debris left by a hired contractor.

Please note that there is NO BURNING in the ditches or on the edges of the road.  Doing this causes clogging and backup in the ditches and culverts.  It can also damage the road surface causing us to spend what little tax dollars we have to fix these issues.


2022 Street and Ditch Issues being addressed

The Village is preparing to address street and ditch issues in the near future. We will be doing edge cutting and ditch shaping. The edge cutting will allow water to drain off the roads and into the ditches properly which will reduce road and shoulder issues. The ditch shaping work will allow the water to flow through the ditches and culverts out to the water detention basins which will prevent standing water in ditches. 

Our plans are to address the following areas first:

  • South Lincoln
  • South Gadwall
  • Mallard Drive (Cul-de-sac)
  • Indian Hills Neighborhood

The ditch work will require the removal of sod/dirt build up in the ditches that prevents water from flowing. In the case that we have to remove sod from the ditch we will reseed and lay straw over the top. 

In addition, we will be seal coating roads in the Village including Main Street and other locations as necessary in the coming months. Other planned improvements and repairs will be in the monthly newsletter.

We ask that you please be cautious of the Village employees by reducing your speed and moving over when workers are present. 

We have been understaffed but hope our new hires will help catch up on the work that needs to be completed.  If you would know of anyone 18 years or older that is interested in working PT in the village have them, contact me.

If you have questions or concerns, please call Brian Warfel at 309-261-0183.