Snow and Ice Control
Dorr Township begins salting when the snow starts to accumulate and traffic safety is affected. We spread rock salt treated with liquid calcium chloride, which will melt snow and ice when ambient temperatures are as low as 0 degrees.
The Township has opted not to adopt a Township wide parking ban, but relies on the cooperation of our residents. Please do not park on your street if snow is anticipated or has not yet been plowed in your area. This will help us do a better job. Parking on cul-de-sacs, dead ends, and turnarounds should be avoided when plow trucks are out. Parked cars in these areas prevent the plows from removing the snow properly and/or turning around.
Our crew does not intentionally “plow in” your drive nor aim for your mailbox. Our snow plows are of the same side delivering designs as all other municipalities. This is the fastest and most efficient means to remove snow from streets. As a result, snow is discharged to the curb and inevitably into driveways. If possible, delay the time you clear your driveway until the plows have cleared your street. Do not clean your driveway into the street. It presents a hazardous condition to motorists and is against the law.
Occasionally, heavy slush discharged from a plow will knock down a mailbox. Most mailboxes, if properly placed and installed, will withstand heavy slush. The Township will not be responsible for damage to improperly placed mailboxes. If your mailbox meets specifications and is damaged as a result of our work, contact the Road District and we will replace it.
2018 Paving Program
Every year we repave some of our deteriorating roads. This job is contracted out to local paving vendors. This year’s project for 2018 is as follows:
- Gayle Drive
- Nancy Court
- Sharon Drive
- Schuette Circle
- Esther Court
- Robin Hill Drive
- Cardinal Lane
- Blue Jay Court
The Township also contracts its Striping Program. Every year we “center” (yellow lines) and “edge stripe” (white lines) our main roads. Cul-de-sacs & Subdivisions are not necessary at this time.
We repair roads as needed. This involves patching roads when potholes erupt. We also repair gravel shoulders when erosion has washed them out. Culvert replacement is necessary if the culvert is blocked or rusted out, for proper drainage.
Roadside Clean Up
We check the roads every Monday and pick up garbage, brush, fallen trees and road kill. We also walk the entire road system once a year to pick up litter in the right of way.
We mow the right of way three times per season. This takes about two weeks each cutting, weather permitting. The mowing is necessary to keep adequate sight distance when residents enter and leave their driveways.
Trimming trees, brush and vegetation are necessary for the safety of those that travel on Township roads. Occasionally firewood is generated from the tree/brush trimming.
We erect and maintain most of the signs that are placed along Township roads.
Signs are periodically inspected. If you notice a missing sign, please notify us so that we may quickly replace that sign and avoid a potential accident.
Our department is required to follow Illinois statutes when placing stop signs and other traffic control and warning signs. Therefore, we cannot change speed limits or install stop signs at every intersection.
If you believe that traffic signs or speed limits should be changed in your subdivision, please contact your homeowners’ association (if one exists) first.
We supply street lights to certain intersections requiring illumination. If you see a street light not working properly, please call Dorr Township so we can notify Com Ed for repair or replacement.
We regularly service our equipment. Part of our maintenance program includes repair/replace when necessary.
Culvert permits are required prior to any new construction. This certificate will be necessary for the person obtaining a building permit from the County. A bond is required for driveways needing a culvert. When construction is complete, providing there is no damage to the culvert or roadway, you can claim your bond.