O'Fallon Progress

Shiloh Public Works labor hard to improve quality of life for village residents

Village of Shiloh Public Works Department workers were out in the field working up a sweat last week repairing sidewalk trip hazards on Lake Lucerne Drive in High Valley Lake Estates in Shiloh.
Village of Shiloh Public Works Department workers were out in the field working up a sweat last week repairing sidewalk trip hazards on Lake Lucerne Drive in High Valley Lake Estates in Shiloh. rkirsch@bnd.com

The Village of Shiloh Public Works employees labor hard to improve quality of life for village residents.

“While some sit in offices, our guys are out in the field rain or shine, hot or cold, working hard,” Megan Fuhler, Shiloh public works director, said.

Last week, the public works team of less than 10 guys were scattered throughout the village tasked with various jobs ranging from picking up trash to forming sidewalk segments.

“We are trying to increase our sidewalk spot work in neighborhoods to decrease our trip hazard locations,” Fuhler said.

High Valley Lake Estates subdivision off of Green Mount Road in Shiloh is the first on the list of sidewalk repairs, according to Mike Walton, public works foreman.

“We started on High Valley Lane, and we’re almost done with it now. Plus we have a good start on Katrine Lake Drive,” Walton said.

Mark Anderson and Zach Ettling, both of public works, were assigned sidewalk forming duty on Lake Lucerne Drive, which had seven sections to fix.

One very satisfied local resident Tom Brown looked on while the duo worked in tandem in a timely manner — they were finished with Lake Lucerne Drive in about two hours or so.

“These guys deserve so serious credit, I mean just standing here watching I’m sweating because of the high humidity, and they are out here doing such a great job,” Brown praised.

According to Brown, there is a constant stream of people walking along the sidewalks of Lake Lucerne Drive and others in the High Valley subdivision.

“This really helps bring up the property values of all our homes in the neighborhood if the village keeps up with the maintenance of our roads and sidewalks like this,” Brown said.

Walton said on any given day, he has his guys are charged with cleaning up the five parks in Shiloh, taking readings from the some 15 stormwater (and sewer) lift stations or working on specific projects jobs like he, Anderson and Ettling.

“People are so nice when they see us out here, and they understand that being understaffed affects the response time to the complaints made by some residents — we do our best and they know that,” Walton said.

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