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The Department of Public Services has the responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and overall supervision of streets, water, storm and sanitary sewer, cemetery, and park maintenance.

The Department repairs, maintains, and installs water and sewer mains, valves, water and sewer service connections. The Department also supervises and participates in the construction, maintenance, and repair of storm and sanitary sewers, catch basins, and manholes.

DPS staff expends a large amount of time in maintaining and repairing City streets, alleys, bridges, curbs and gutters, and street right-of-ways; installing and repairing street signs, stop signs, and directional signs; street sweeping; and clearing the streets of snow and ice in the winter


The DPS will answer your questions regarding:

  • Street signs
  • Debris along City streets and right-of-way areas
  • Fire hydrants
  • Street sweeping
  • Pavement line marking
  • Surface maintenance and drainage on City streets

Sewer Problems

If you have a sewer-related problem, call DPS during normal hours. If you spot the problem on a holiday, the weekend or after normal business hours, please contact the Police Department at 734-699-2395.  DPS staff will determine if the problem is in your sewer line or the City's sewer main and counsel you regarding your options.

Snow Removal

If the City has a snowfall of 4 inches or more, residents are asked not to park on public streets. You will be notified via the general media when the snow emergency is over and street parking is once again allowed. The DPS clears major roads first, then residential streets, dead-end streets and cul-de-sac areas.


All streetlights are surveyed each month.  If you see one that isn't working, please call 734-697-9323.


The City has a tree maintenance program.  City trees are normally trimmed as part of a routine maintenance schedule and upon request, by either DPS workers or a contractor under DPS supervision. Trees are only removed if they are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous. Trees are not removed due to root damage to sidewalks, yards or sewer lines.

Water Main Breaks

Please report water main breaks to the DPS. If you discover a break after normal business hours, on holidays or the weekend, please call the Police Department at 734-699-2395.

Trash/Recycling Pick-up

Please call Priority Waste directly if you need a new recycle bin, trash bin or to schedule a bulk pick-up.  Their Customer Service phone number for residents living within the City's corporate limits are 586-228-1200 or 855-927-8365.  With the exception of holidays, when trash pickup is delayed by one day, Thursday is the pickup day for City residents (this includes ALL pickup services).

However, please note, that if you need a bulk or large item pick up, you must call Priority Waste to schedule those services.

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Rick Rutherford
Building Official
734-697-9323 ext. 7026
M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Takisha Hammons
Water Department Clerk
734-697-9323 ext. 7014
M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Michelle Bellingham
Building Department Clerk
734-697-9323 ext. 7015
M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.