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Mundelein’s Public Works and Engineering Department Receives National Snowfighting Award

The Village of Mundelein’s Public Works and Engineering Department recently received the Salt Institute’s “Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award.” The award honors facilities across the U.S. and Canada for environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt. In order to receive the award, the Village had to pass a vigorous application process and inspection of their facilities.

“Each winter snowfighters take incredible risks on icy roads, working long shifts to clear our roads of snow and ice and make them safe. The ‘Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award’ represents the highest acclaim for public safety and the environment. Recipients must meet or exceed nearly 70 different criteria covering storage, equipment, safety, environmental protection, and service,” said Salt Institute President Lori Roman.

The Village of Mundelein maintains 210 curb miles of local roads and coordinates with IDOT and Lake County to ensure state and county highways are well maintained throughout the Village. Management of bulk rock salt and liquid calcium chloride are also some of the critical functions of the Street Division staff while preparing for winter storms.

Adam Boeche, Director of Public Works and Engineering, says his team is humbled by this acknowledgement. “We are very excited and honored to be recognized by the snow and ice control industry as experts in our work. This accomplishment is a direct reflection on all of our staff; but more specifically, the crew leaders and maintenance techs in the plow trucks during each and every snowfall. It is not often that they are recognized for their tireless efforts during the winter season, so it means a lot to us to receive this recognition.”

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