Oak Park Heights

Tree City USA
 

Public Works

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The City's Public Works department is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the City's water system, sewer system, storm water system, parks system, snow removal, street patching and sweeping, streetlights and municipal mowing on a contractual basis.  Sign installation and maintenance is also a responsibility of the Public Works Department.

 

Contact Information

Andy Kegley – Public Works Director
            akegley@cityofoakparkheights.com
 
Andy Swenson – Public Works Operator
            aswenson@cityofoakparkheights.com
 
Lisa Danielson – Public Works
            ldanielson@cityofoakparkheights.com
 
Jaryd Marks – Public Works
            jmarks@cityofoakparkheights.com
 
 

Phone: (651) 439-4439
Fax    : (651) 439-0574
Mail   : City of Oak Park Heights
            14168 Oak Park Blvd. N.
            P.O. Box 2007
            Oak Park Heights, MN 55082 

Public Works can be reached at City Hall, 651-439-4439, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (excluding legal holidays).

To reach Public Works after hours, contact the Police Department Non-Emergency at 651-439-4723.  Dispatch will obtain your contact information and will have someone in the Public Works Department contact you.  If you do not hear from Public Works within 20 minutes, call the Public Works Emergency Line at 651-485-2304.  If you are still not contacted, contact Public Works Director Andy Kegley at 651-775-5759.

 


 

Water Saving Tips

  • Test toilets for silent leaks, which can waste up to 10 ½ gallons an hour. Put a dozen drops of red food coloring into the tank, if the dye appears in the bowl, there is a silent leak; you may need to change the flapper or ball. If no dye shows up in the bowl after 15 minutes, the toilet is leak-free.
  • Do not use toilets as ashtrays or wastebaskets.
  • Turn off the shower while soaping or shampooing. Some low-flow heads have controls that make it easy or install a separate shut-off valve.
  • Putting just a little water into the sink for shaving avoids running hot water continuously.
  • Use low-suds detergents, which require less water for rinsing; the amount of foam has no effect on the cleansing power.
  • Use garbage disposals as little as possible. Throw such garbage as bones and eggshells into the trash.
  • Wash vegetables in a bowl of water, or in a sink with the drain closed. Then rinse under the tap briefly. Scrubbing a dozen potatoes under a tap can take 3 gallons of water.

 

Surprising Facts About Home Water Waste

Water is one of America's most precious resources. It's an essential part of our environment and our daily lives. Yet, it's being wasted at the rate of hundreds of billions of gallons per year.

This, in turn, wastes another resource precious to you. Your money. Both the money you spend for water - and the water you spend to heat water.

  • A leaky faucet can waste 300 gallons of water a month.
    Solution: Replace "O" Rings in old faucets, or cartridges in newer faucets.
  • A lot of dollars go down the drain. An average family that uses municipal water can save as much as $50 to $75 per year on water and sewer bills by switching to low-flow shower heads and low-flush toilets.
    Solution: Install a water-saving shower head and low flush toilet.
  • Wasted water increases energy costs. For $10 or so per shower installation, the average family can save 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of water each year, plus the energy it took to heat half that water, perhaps $20 to $50.
    Solution: Install water-saving shower heads.
  • A leaky toilet can waste 45,000 gallons in 6 months.
    Solution: Find and fix leak. Then install a water-saver toilet and save an additional 3 to 5 gallons per single flush.
  • Many older shower heads use 5 to 10 gallons per minute.
    Solution: Install a water-saving shower head, which at 2.5 gallons per minute, will save you 50% - 75% of wasted shower water.