On behalf of the City of Perry Public Works Department, we would like to thank you for stopping by our website and tell you a few things about who we are. The Public Works Department handles all of the day to day operations dealing with streets and sewers throughout the entire city. Below is a list of what we are in charge of:
Unlike other departments in the city which operate out of the General Fund (Taxes from Residential and Commercial Properties), the Public Works Department is funded strictly by the Road Use Tax. The Road Use Tax is funded on gasoline and diesel sales as well as vehicle registrations paid to the state. The amount that we receive is based on a dollar amount per person set by the legislature times our population. When you fill your vehicle up at the pump, a small portion of that amount is used to help maintain the road that you will leave on after you fill up!
The Public Works Department is made up of 7 full time employees and 1 seasonal employee. The department is run by Jack Butler, Public Works Director and Josh Wuebker, Deputy Public Works Director. In addition to supervising the Public Works Department, they are also in charge of the Garbage and Recycle Departments. Jack has been with the City of Perry since 1999 and the Public Works Director since 2005. Jack and his wife Erin have two children Dylan and Chloe. In his free time, Jack loves to fish, play with his kids, and anything Sprint Car Racing. Josh has been with the City of Perry since 2002 and the Deputy Public Works Director since 2006. Josh and his wife Jamie have two children as well, Kaylee and Reed. In his free time, Josh loves to go camping, ice fishing, spend time with family and friends, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones. Both Jack and Josh were born and raised in Perry and feel blessed to work for the City they grew up in.
The rest of the Public Works Department is made up of Jeff South (started in 1996), Alan Kelleher (started in 1987), Mike Landals (started in 2005), Jose Arceo (started in 2000), and Matthew Van Pelt (started in 2007).
Without the hard work and dedications of these employees, the Public Works Department could not be as successful and efficient as they are. The Public Works Department has been recognized numerous times by local organizations and the media for their hard work. Most recently they were the recipients of the “2010 Spirit of Perry” award given out by the Chamber of Commerce.
Feel free to call either one of us or fill out the contact form at the top of the page if you have any questions or concerns.
-Jack Butler, Public Works Director Josh Wuebker, Deputy Public Works Director
Jack Butler, Public Works Director
Josh Wuebker, Deputy Public Works Director
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. - My sewer is backing up into my basement. What should I do?
A1. - This could be the result of two things. 1. There is a blockage or restriction in your lateral (your private line from your house to the City’s main sewer line) or 2. There is a blockage or restriction in the City’s main sewer line. If a back up happens, it is a good idea to call the City to have an employee come and check our main line out for problems. If the City’s main sewer line is not blocked, then you will need to call a plumber to look at your line.
Q2. - What number do I call to get a hold of someone in Public Works?
A2. - During normal working hours, you may call 465-2675 which is the Street Department phone number. For after hour emergencies, please call the Perry Police Department at 465-4636 and they will be able to page out an employee to look at the emergency situation.
Q3. - What are the normal working hours for the Public Works Department?
A3. - Our normal hours are Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These hours may change at times during the summer and winter hours when employees may have to start earlier in the morning for some projects or for snow removal.
Q4. - The street light outside of my house is not working properly. Who should I call?
A4. - Please contact City Hall at 465-2481 or report the outage online at http://www.alliantenergy.com/CustomerService/StormandOutageCenter/StreetLights/index.htm
Q5. - How much are street cuts for sewer line repairs and how much are curb cuts?
A5. - Street cuts are $19.50 per square foot and curb cuts are $15.00 per linear foot. To set up a curb or street cut, please contact Jack or Josh at City Hall by calling 465-2481.
Q6. - When do you sweep the streets in Perry? And why do you have to do it so early in the morning?
A6. - We sweep the entire town after the winter season is over, periodically in the summer, and constantly in the fall when the leaves are falling. We try to run the machine early in the morning to avoid traffic hang ups.
Q7. - Why can’t I park my car in the street when it is snowing?
A7. - Parking is prohibited on any streets in the City of Perry when the snow ordinance is in effect. Having no cars parked on the streets during a snow event makes the snow removal much easier and safer on the operators.
Q8. - How much salt and sand to you typically put on the roads during the snow season?
A8. - On average, we generally use about 200 tons of salt (some is used to make brine, some is mixed in with sand, and the rest is put on the roads alone). We generally use about 150 tons of sand on the streets for traction.
Q9. - Who do I call to report a pothole in the roadway?
A9. - If you have a pothole to report, please call the Public Works Department at 465-2675 or City Hall at 465-2481, or fill out the "Let us Know" form at the top of the page and they will get it repaired as quickly as possible.
Q10. - The storm intake in front of my house is covered with debris. What should I do?
A10. - You can call the Public Works Department at 465-2675, or fill out the "Let us Know" form at the top of the page and someone will come address the intake. We try to clean all of the intakes before and after a heavy rain, but it does take a lot of time since there are so many of them. If you would like to clean the grate off for us and dispose of it in a yard waste bag, that is GREATLY, GREATLY, APPRECIATED AS WELL!! Having a little help from the citizens makes our jobs more efficient and makes the City of Perry a cleaner place for all.