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The Department of Public Works office is located at Lake Orion village hall, 21 East Church Street, Lake Orion, MI 48362.  The DPW facility is located at 375 Atwater near the intersection of Atwater and Perry streets. The facility includes offices and storage for equipment and materials. DPW hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  You can reach the department by calling the village offices at (248) 693-8391 or by SENDING AN E-MAIL to the Public Works Director. For after-hours emergencies, please call the Lake Orion Police Dispatch non-emergency number at (248) 693-8321.


Meet Your Public Works Director...

Jeremy Richert joined the Village of Lake Orion team in August 2012. He has been the Director of Public Works since November 2014 and previously served the Village as general laborer. Aside from growing up in a family that was active in public works, Jeremy has been active in the public works field for several years. Jeremy started in public works working for the City of Pontiac Water Department. Jeremy holds an S-3 drinking water license from the State of Michigan and is the Operator in Charge of the distribution system for the Village of Lake Orion. Jeremy also serves as Cemetery Sexton and advises the Cemetery Board as well as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.


Meet Your Department of Public Works Staff...

Wes Sanchez joined the village team in December 2014. Wes came to us with a wide variety of knowledge and experience in many areas. Wes is experienced in equipment operating, equipment repair, and landscaping. Be on the lookout for Wes when he reads meters every quarter.

Sam Hicks joined our ranks in March 2015. Sam has an extensive laborer background, as he came to us from the Laborers Union. Sam has many skill sets that are very beneficial to the village and make him a great asset to the Public Works Department. In addition, we truly value the distinct way he pays attention to detail.

Chris Carpenter came to work for the village in June 2015. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge of grounds and building maintenance to the village, having previously worked for Rochester Schools for 15 years. Chris also has many other helpful skills including his landscaping experience, building knowledge, and snow removal experience.


About the Department...

The Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining, evaluating and repairing the Village's infrastructure including roads, building and grounds, parks, and water and storm sewer systems. The DPW is on call 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, including holidays, to respond to snow and ice emergencies, water system failures, storm damage, and any other emergency related to public works that may arise.  The DPW provides fall and spring leaf collection and also controls the water levels of Lake Orion.

The DPW also has the task of operating and maintaining Eastlawn and Evergreen cemeteries. This includes everyday maintenance such as mowing, trimming and snow plowing and performing internments on a regular basis.

DPW maintains the Village's water distribution system,including repairing water main breaks, overseeing capital improvements to the physical system, and testing for water quality.  The department issues an annual Water Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) providing valuable information to the public on the quality of the drinking water.

DPW does not maintain the Village's sanitary sewer system.  This work is contracted to the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Office.  WRC can be reached for general questions at (248) 858-0958.  If you have an emergency relating to your sanitary sewer, please call (248) 624-6366.

The village provides rubbish collection services through contract with Green For Life Environmental.

The Department of Public Works provides leaf pickup services in the Spring and Fall.  The village publishes a leaf pickup notice and schedule in advance of providing these services.