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Berwyn Public Works Director hoping for lots of sunny, dry days

Berwyn, IL

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snapshots.mysuburbanlife.com/942606 Staff photo by Bill Ackerman Bob Schiller, director of the Berwyn Public Works Department, took over in the fall of 2009 and since then has installed a new salt storage cover for the city's road salt pile behind him. (Friday, Feb. 12, 2010)

It took tons of salt and more than 30 hours, but the streets of Berwyn were plowed, salted and ready for traffic after last week’s major snowstorm.

Public Works Director Bob Schiller was awake for a majority of the storm, directing his arsenal of a dozen plow trucks throughout the city and using a few hundred tons on this year’s largest snowstorm thus far.

“I would like that to be the last big storm of the year,” Schiller said.

Schiller recently celebrated his four-month anniversary as the city’s public works director.

Q Why did you choose to apply for the Public Works Director position?

A I’ve spent the majority of my time in public service. I enjoy that type of work and had an opportunity that came along to get back into public service. I like all aspects of the job. This is one of the best, if not the best, mayor and City Council I’ve ever worked with. They work together, have common goals, and the administration as a whole is looking to move forward and be progressive. I enjoy working with all of them. I’ve also met many residents and they seem to be a very warm and open group of people.

Q What have been your biggest accomplishments and challenges so far?

A The most notable accomplishments are building the salt storage facility and having the ability with the support of the mayor and the council to bring in new equipment to remove snow from the new parking garage. The toughest challenges have been coming into the job in this economic climate. With decreased revenue and aged infrastructure, trying to economize our revenue is the toughest thing so far.

Q What type of construction projects will residents see when the weather changes?

A East Avenue will be under construction from Roosevelt to Cermak roads beginning in April. This is a follow-up from the project last year where the sub-base and sewer system was repaired and some of the sub-base of the road was replaced throughout the road way. Construction is expected to end in June.

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