Department of Public Works

Department of Public Works

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the infrastructure of the Village of Fowlerville. The following information is merely an example of the many services the DPW provides to the Village and its residents, businesses, and visitors.

During regular Business Hours (8 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday) to reach the DPW or to schedule work orders, please call 517-223-3771 and follow the prompts from the automated menu. 

For After-Hour Emergencies, please dial the On-Call DPW at 517-712-2478.

Members of the DPW Team:
Cathy Elliott, Crew Leader & Water Technician
Jason Herbert, Backup Water Operator 
Terry Beduhn
Todd Miner
Nick Salewsky

The Village of Fowlerville Sanitary Sewer Cleaning Notices are published and displayed with specific time frames for specific areas of the Village. The following information is included in the Notice. Please consider this information for any instance the sanitary sewer lines are cleaned.

The sanitary sewer lines are cleaned using high-performance sewer cleaning equipment. A cleaning nozzle is propelled from one manhole to the next using water under high pressure. The nozzle is then pulled back to the starting manhole. As the nozzle is pulled back, water scours the inside of the sanitary sewer pipe. Any debris in the pipe is pulled back with the water. The debris is removed from the manhole with a vacuum unit. This process is repeated on every sewer line cleaned.

During the cleaning of sanitary sewer lines, air occasionally vents into a home through the sanitary sewer service line and ventilation system. When this happens, water in the toilet bowl can bubble or surge, and in rare instances, splash out of the bowl. We remind you that the water that could come from this type of incident is from the bowl itself. Therefore, it would be beneficial to keep the lid of your toilet bowl down to minimize the water splashing from your toilet. 

The common causes of air venting into homes during sanitary sewer cleaning are:

  • air movement from normal cleaning operations,
  • the use of higher pressure needed when cleaning sanitary sewer lines that have a steep slope,
  • sewer lines running close to the building,
  • a plugged roof vent,
  • the size and complexity of the home’s ventilation system.

To minimize water splashing out of your toilet bowl, it is recommended to keep the lid down and put towels between the lid, seat, and bowl.  If you experience a smell, it may be from the traps being dry. Let the water run for a few minutes and the smell should disappear.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Village of Fowlerville Offices at 

The Village of Fowlerville Fire Hydrant Notices are published and displayed with specific start times for the two annual flushings for fire hydrants within the Village. The following information is included with the Notices. Please consider this information for any instance the fire hydrants are flushed or serviced.

The flushing of fire hydrants provides several benefits to the water users of our system. Regular flushing allows for the highest quality of water to be delivered to our customers, clearing sediment deposits within the water system lines. Flushing also allows the staff of the Water Department to verify the operation of the fire hydrants and identify areas of the distribution system that require repair and/or maintenance. This also ensures that the fire hydrants are ready should the Fire Department need them. 
The process of flushing the water system often results in cloudy or discolored water. We do what we can to limit this, but it is difficult to avoid completely. The safety of the water we supply is not diminished by this process. 

If you should encounter cloudy or discolored water, it is recommended that you run the outside water faucet or the cold water taps within your home or business until clear.
If you are driving in the work zone where hydrants are being flushed, please drive carefully. 


Yard Waste Collection: 
Brown Compost/Yard Bags are available at the Village Offices at no charge to Village Residents. 
Limit of 5 bags per week. Please show proof of residency at the front counter during registration. 
Compost/Yard Bags will be picked up EVERY MONDAY beginning April 8 through November 25, 2019,  November 19, 2019 [extended due to snow accumulation].
Compost must be in brown bags (NO plastic bags). All bags must be placed by the residence curb by
7:00 a.m. on the morning of each pick-up. Bags that weigh in excess of 40 pounds will not be picked up.
Please limit 5 bags per pick-up. Keeping the bags less than 40 pounds each and limiting the quantity ensures the whole Village will be attended equally and maintained efficiently. Thank you for your cooperation and participation in this program.

Brush Collection: 
Brush and branches (NO lumber materials) are scheduled
for pick-up, the SECOND TUESDAY of the month, beginning April 9 through November 12, 2019.
Brush must be stacked in the same direction, parallel to the curb. Branches must be no longer than 
4 feet and between 1 and 6 inches in diameter. 
[Twigs and smaller branches need to be bagged and put out in the brown yard/compost bags for regularly scheduled pick-up on Mondays.] 
Brush must be out by the residence curb by 7:00 a.m., no sooner than three (3) days
prior to the scheduled pick-up date.
Brush should not be piled on or around fire hydrants or over utilities, such as curb stops/meter pits or AT&T junction boxes. If existing mailboxes, utility poles, or infrastructure pose as an obstacle to placing brush safely out for pick-up service, please contact the Village of Fowlerville Offices to make an alternative site for pick-up or other accommodations. Thank you for your efforts and cooperation.
Correct Brush Placement

Large Item Stickers:
Large Item Stickers continue to be available year-round at the Village Offices at
no cost to Village Residents. Limit 2 per week. Please show proof of residency at the front counter during registration.
Large Item Stickers must be requested and registered by 
2:00 p.m. the Monday before the scheduled pick-up. 

Requests for Large Item Stickers received after the 2:00 p.m. cut-off will be scheduled for the following week. 

Street and Road Maintenance:
The DPW provides snow removal, shoulder maintenance, pothole patching, sidewalk repair, and signage services for the Village of Fowlerville.

Avoid the Second Shovel

Water and Sewer Infrastructure:
Village water users with issues in water meters, water mains, or other water/sewer system problems can contact the DPW for service, Monday - Friday at the Village Municipal Offices (517-223-3771). After 5 PM Monday - Friday and weekends, the DPW can be contacted directly for water/sewer emergencies at the After-hours On-Call line at 517-712-2478. 
Note: The After-hours On-Call line is only available during the time specified. Messages left for DPW emergencies at the Village Municipal Offices outside of regular business hours (8 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday) will not be addressed or returned until the following business day. 

You may be surprised by what's buried in your yard. That's because most electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications companies are delivering utility services to you underground. To avoid personal injury and damage to those underground lines, state law requires you to contact MISS DIG before starting a digging project, regardless of the project size or depth. MISS DIG's services are free, there are no fees associated with web access and if by phone, the call is free

You can prevent injury and avoid damage by following these four important steps:

Make sure you notify MISS DIG if you are doing any of the following projects: 

  • Decks & Patios
  • Trees or Shrubs
  • Swing Sets
  • Signs
  • Fountains
  • Tents
  • Fences
  • Mailbox Posts
  • Room Additions
  • Gardens
  • Swimming Pools
  • Landscaping

Buildings, Parks & Cemetery, Special Events:
The DPW handles the maintenance of Village of Fowlerville buildings, vehicles/equipment, as well as grooms the Centennial and Community Parks. The DPW team also provides maintenance and support for Greenwood Cemetery and burials, with Cathy Elliott as Greenwood Cemetery Sexton. Annual festivals and special events within the Village are supported by the Department of Public Works.