Public Works



Location: Municipal Operations Center, 490 Richmond Road, Delavan, WI 53115

live_publicworksHours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Office: 262.728.1891

Director of Public Works:
Mark E. Wendorf
262.728.5585 x.120

Public Works Superintendent:
Nick Griffin
262.728.5585 x.140


See tabs above:
Yard Waste & Compost Site
Removal of Snow & Ice from Sidewalks
Winter Parking
Garbage & Recycling
Other Info:
Street Lights, Dark Skies & Light Pollution, Flood Insurance, Clean Streets, Storm Water, Pavement, Terrace Trees


Yard Waste & Compost Site


*City of Delavan curbside brush collection will now be a weekly pickup from April 1st until October 31st each year.  You will need to contact the City of Delavan Message Center at 262-740-3502 and leave your address for pick-up.

Please note that branches must be less than 6” in diameter, a minimum of 4’ in length, but not longer than 12’, and must be stacked neatly at the curb, cut ends toward the street.
Branches smaller than 4’ in length, bush cuttings, or items with roots can be brought to the City drop-off compost site.


This drop-off site is available free of charge to all City of Delavan residents for the disposal of brush, leaves, or grass clippings.
Placement of materials into the dumpsters is not provided by the City.

Municipal Operations Center    
490 Richmond Road
Weekdays from 7:15 am to 3:15 pm, except holidays
Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, except holidays after March 15th and continuing through November 15th

Brush dumpsters are not available December 1 through March 1
Commercial companies engaged in the business or practice of landscaping or yard maintenance are not to deposit any material at the drop-off compost site.


The last day that leaves can be left at the curbside for leaf collection in the Fall is the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  Those who leave leaf piles in the curb after that date will be sent an unsightly debris notice from the Inspection Department directing the property owner to remove the leaves.  Spring leaf collection is in the month of April.

Leaves must be placed evenly in the street adjacent to the curb and not bagged. Burning of small amounts of dry leaves and dry plant clippings is allowed from March 1st through May 31st and from September 1st through November 30th.   Hours for burning are between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.  Burning of leaves in City streets is NOT allowed.


The Street Department will collect Christmas trees during the month of January as weather and manpower allow.  The trees must be at the edge of the roadway without light strings, ornaments, plastic bags, or metal objects including tree stands.  Wreaths, garlands, etc. should be placed with your regular refuse.  No phone call is necessary for pick-up.


Municipal Operations Center

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Snow and Ice Removal - Sidewalks


Owners or occupants of property in the City of Delavan are responsible for removing snow and/or ice from public sidewalks abutting their property.

If snow or ice on the sidewalk has not been cleared by noon one full day (24-hours) after the snow ceases to accumulate, the City will remove the snow and/or ice at the property owner’s expense, charged at $125.00 per hour in 15-minute increments for labor and equipment, with a minimum of $50.00 for the first 15 minutes.


Winter Parking


From November 15th to March 15th, parking on the street is allowed ONLY on alternate sides of the street from 3:00 am to 6:00 am.  This means that as of 3:00 am on the even-numbered calendar days, vehicles may be parked on the even-numbered side of the street, and, as of 3:00 am on odd-numbered days, vehicles may be parked on the odd-numbered side of the street.


Garbage & Recycling


Refuse pick-up in the City of Delavan is by private contract hauler – residents select the contractor of their choice.
Haulers must be licensed with the City of Delavan.




Meetings are generally held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Municipal Building

Click here if you would like more information on meetings and/or minutes.

Board: Commission members


Other Information


The City of Delavan provides for lighting at street intersections and minimum intervals on longer blocks.  Some of these fixtures are owned and maintained by the City (metal poles) and some are rented from Alliant Utilities (wood poles).  If you observe a problem with a street light, please contact the Public Works Department at 262.728.1891 and we will contact the appropriate repair agency.  Also, if the light “cycles” (blinks on and off repeatedly) please let us know as this means the bulb is bad and your notification speeds proper repair


What is light pollution?  Light pollution is the result of excess artificial light where it is not supposed to be. It comes in the forms of sky glow, glare, clutter, and light trespass.

What are the effects of light pollution?  For humans: impaired night vision; decreased melatonin production which can lead to: an increased risk of cancer, possibly an overproduction of estrogen, and/or suppressed regulation of bodily functions; disrupted circadian rhythms resulting in: depression, insomnia, cardiovascular disease, and/or cancer; blue light strain, which can result in: damage to retinal cells, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and/or possibly blindness


In general, homeowner policies exclude coverage for damage caused by flood waters.  If your home isn’t covered through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as an additional rider on your policy, call you insurance agent for details and costs.

You can purchase flood insurance no matter where you live, in high, low, or moderate risk areas, as long as your community participates in the NFIP.  Homeowners, business owners, and renters in the City can all purchase flood insurance, as the City of Delavan participates in the NFIP.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines allow for reimbursement if two or more properties sustain damage per event.  Flood insurance reimburses you for all covered losses.  Claims are paid even if a disaster is not declared.  Homeowners can get p to $185,000 of coverage and businesses up to $250,000.  There are separate contents coverage policies, so renters can get flood insurance too.

When you file a flood insurance claim, you can get a partial payment immediately, so you can start recovering faster.  Flood insurance claims are paid by policyholder premiums, not taxpayer dollars.


Let’s keep our streets clean!  Please do not mow grass into the roadway, as this material washes onto catchbasin grates during rainstorms and causes water to pond on your neighbor’s property.  The City does provide property owners a drop-off site for grass clippings and small brush at the Municipal Operations Center.  See Yard Waste & Compost Site tab above.


In December of 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entered into the Federal Register their final PHASE II Regulations for Revision of the Water Pollution Control Program Addressing Storm Water Discharges.  The rile, finalized on October 29, 1999, seeks to control storm water runoff from smaller storm sewer systems in urbanized areas and construction sites in an effort to improve the quality of the nation’s waterways.  Implementing the rule’s requirements will necessitate substantial efforts from local governments.

The Storm Water Phase II rule requires municipal storm sewer systems serving fewer than 5,000 people located in urbanized areas and operators of construction sites disturbing 1 to 5 acres to obtain an NPDES permit.  These entities must also implement storm water discharge management controls, often referred to as best management practices, to reduce or prevent the discharge of pollutants into receiving waters.  More than 100,000 municipal separate storm sewer systems will be required to obtain permits.

The rules establish numerical goals for pollution reduction required for new construction and existing development.  City of Delavan staff worked to revise ordinances and practices to meet the storm water quality and quantity standards required, as it is much less expensive to design new developments correctly the first time than to retrofit existing developments in the future.


What causes asphalt pavements to crack?  There are two major causes of asphalt cracking.  Due to our severe winters, asphalt expands and contracts with changing temperatures.  Asphalt, unlike concrete, has no expansion and contractions joints.  Thus, asphalt cracks where the most stress is placed, creating control joints.  The second cause of pavement cracking is due to oxidation.  Since asphalt pavement is approximately 94% aggregate and only 6% asphalt oil, it is very susceptible to the elements.  Sun, rain, heat, and cold cause the asphalt to oxidize, causing it to harden and shrink.

Water penetrates through the cracks in the pavement and into the gravel base.  Here, it filters the finer material of the base out of the larger aggregate.  With only the larger aggregate material left to support the pavement, the base loses its load handling capabilities and the pavement fails.

Prevention – proper crack sealing, along with other maintenance techniques (i.e. ditching, shouldering) can prevent costly water damage and greatly increases the life of our asphalt pavements.


Citizens must get permission to plant on the terraces in the City because only appropriate varieties of trees are allowed.  Regulations require keeping the tree pruned to ten feet above the sidewalk and fourteen feet above the street.  Any low-growing bush or shrub on the terrace mist be maintained no more than thirty inches above the curb.  The City removes any damaged / diseased tress and stumps, and also trims the trees.  Citizens are encouraged to trim lower branches to ease the City’s workload.

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