City of Perry Department of Public Works
Emergency Phone: (517)625-4500
DPW Superintendent Chuck Mudge and his staff are available to see that services to the City are maintained at residents of the City have come to expect. His first priority is “Service to the Community.”
The dedicated team working in the field to provide service to City residents is comprised of Eric Smith, Harry Bradley, John Souder, and Tony Davis.
Perry Iron Removal Treatment Plant
Please go here to read about the ground breaking and some history about Perry obtaining a treatment plant. Further information will be posted here as it become available.
The DPW is on-call around the clock to maintain the infrastructure that supports the daily life of City residents. The water system, streets and public services in our community are managed with the highest consideration for quality, convenience and efficiency.
The Department of Public Works is headquartered at the southwest end of Lamb Street just west of City Hall.
DPW Staff is on duty 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, a staff member is always on call for emergencies.
To contact the DPW, persons may call (517) 625-4500, 24-hours a day.
The City of Perry Sewer System, maintained by the DPW, is comprised of seven pump stations located throughout the city, which requires constant monitoring and maintenance to assure continuous 24-7 operation.
The DPW staff also maintains a Lagoon system on Bath Road near the railroad tracks, which also requires constant maintenance to assure proper operation of the sewer system.
In early spring when the ice melts, the warmer water rises to the top of the pond. Because this is a natural process, there usually is an odor emitted. This is called the 'rollover,' and should only last a few days. Necessary steps are always taken to assure this process occurs quickly so the odor problem is present for the shortest time possible.
If you have any questions or concerns about the City sewer system and how it operates, please call Chuck Mudge, 517-625-4500.
The City of Perry's water system has a 200,000-gallon storage tank and an average daily flow of about 210,000-gallons which increases during warmer weather. The water system is monitored daily to assure the highest quality of water possible, and to meet standards set by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Hydrants are generally flushed three times per year.
Meter Reading has also been updated by adding time-saving devices to all water meters. This device allows the meter to be read from the road via radio transmission to a handheld computer. This process has allowed staff to dedicate more time on regular maintenance and less time walking door-to-door to read meters.
Water Quality Report 2008
The City maintains a wood chip pile. Residents are welcome to have the wood chips. You can load your own chips or the City will load chips for you at $2 per bucket. Please contact the DPW to arrange an appointment between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Branches/tree limbs no larger than 6-inches in diameter and short enough in length to be physically handled by one person, can also be left at the curb (NOT in the gutter pan) to be ground for wood chips. Branches/limbs should all be pointed with the cut-end towards the road.
Leaves can be raked to the edge of the road for pick-up by the DPW Vacuum truck.
The “chipper” is generally on the road Tuesdays and the “vac truck” is out on Wednesdays. Pick-up of these items is dependent upon time and weather.
PLEASE DO NOT MIX yard waste and branches/limbs.
Note: All debris left at the curb for the DPW to pick-up MUST BE free of trash/debris.
Overnight Parking is PROHIBITED 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. on City streets, in public parking lots and in road right-of-ways. To facilitate snow removal by the DPW, special enforcement of this ordinance is practiced from November 1st through April 1st.
Businesses and residents are responsible for the removal of snow and ice on sidewalks abutting their property.
Hydrant flushing is done three times annually. When possible, hydrants are flushed the third week of the month, generally in April, July, and October.
1. How do I get rid of my household trash?
The City of Perry contracts with Granger to pick up trash within the City. Trash is picked up every Monday beginning at 7 a.m. Trash is limited to six bags per household. Each homeowner may place six bags at the curb by 7 a.m. Monday. Bags cannot exceed 35-lbs. each. NO OUT OF TOWN TRASH IS PERMITTED. Large items can also be picked up for an additional fee.
A sampling of “Large Item Pick-up Costs” are listed here
For items not listed, persons may call Perry City Hall prior to the time of expected pick up.
Tags for pick up of large items may be obtained at City Hall. Large items will NOT be picked up without a tag.
2. Are there any items that Granger will not accept?
There are items that will not be picked up, including, lead batteries, sewage, yard trimmings, tires with rims, hazardous waste, liquids(no paint in paint cans, oil or turpentine), radioactive materials, drums/barrels that are no empty, compressed gas cylinders (including propane), appliances with freon, ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxic materials, medical wastes, asbestos, large amounts of demolition materials and wood.
3. Is there a Spring Clean Up Week in Perry?
There is a Spring Clean-Up Week in Perry. Although the date(s) change annually, the community event is usually held about the third weekend in May.
Advance promotion is publicized in the Perry CornerPost Newsletter, the City Website, Facebook and local newspapers.
4. How do I report a street lighting outage or traffic signal malfunction?
Malfunctioning street lights within the City may be reported by logging onto: www.consumersenergy.com/bdisu/streetLightRepair_start.sap; or by calling Perry City Hall, 625-6155.
5. How do I get information about costs and permits for sewer/water hook-up fees, and meter sets?
Please call Chuck Mudge at (517)-625-6155.
6. How does the City of Perry calculate my water/sewer bill?
City residents are billed Monthly for Sewer, Water and Trash pick-up. Water, Sewer and Trash are billed at a monthly base (flat) fee, regardless if the home/business is occupied or not.
An additional fee is also charged for Water Usage, which is calculated per 1,000-gallons of water used in the month prior to the bill.
Current rates are available at www.perry.mi.us/community/bill.shtml; or call Perry City Hall, 625-6155 Ext. 235.
Please watch your monthly bill for usage that you believe is greater than you normally use. You could have a slow leak that adds up quickly.
FYI: A normal family of four uses between 6,000 and 10,000-gallons of water monthly.
Grass Clippings, Leaves, Yard Waste and small Branches are picked-up Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Weather Permitting.
These items, which may be composted, should be placed at the Curb, NOT in the Gutter Pan.
In the Spring and Fall, leaves may be placed in a pile at the curb (NOT in the Gutter Pan) for the DPW Vac Truck to pick-up.
Twigs and small tree branches (less than 6-inches in diameter) should be piled with cut ends facing the street, separate from yard waste to prevent damage to Chipper and Vac Truck.
BURNING IS PROHIBITED in the City!
Iron Removal Treatment Plant Opening Video
To the left is a video of the opening of the new treatment plant.
You must click on the picture and the video player will load.
The button in the lower right hand corner of the player, that has four triangles pointing outward, will expand the movie to full screen so that you can see better. Expanding to full screen will also allow you to fast forward or rewind the movie.
There is no sound at the start of the movie so please do not turn your speakers all the way up to try and hear at first.