City of Crete
Departments of Public Works
City Hall - 243 East 13th Street
Shop - 212 East 15th Street
Public Works: 402.826.4312
Public Works Directory
The Street Department of the City of Crete maintains all the public roadways in the City. The Department is involved in a certified bridge inspection process to inspect, repair and maintain bridges within the City. The department repairs and maintains streets by sweeping, striping, tarring, and fixing potholes, keeping rights of way mowed and maintains signs. When needed, they replace concrete and curbing.
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The Public Works Street Department employees have the ability to respond quickly day or night for emergencies with 90 combined years of experience. During the winter the Street Departments’ top priority is keeping citizens safe with the quick removal of snow and ice from the roadways. When needed all departments work together to clear the roadways.
To report problems concerning the streets, please call the Public Works Department at 826-4312.
The Crete Community Foundation’s partnered with the City for a downtown beautification plan after researching and gathering examples and information from projects in other communities. The foundation purchased benches, planters, and garbage cans, which were placed in spring 2019 along Main Street from 11th to 14th Streets and for one block east and west from the 13th and Main intersection.
With City support, the planning process included creating “bump outs,” or club extensions, along Main Street in specific locations, to place additional benches and plant trees. Several curbs have already been altered and trees planted.
The bump outs will take some parking spaces, however, several areas will have parking stalls redrawn to adequately accommodate vehicles and still maintain proper downtown parking needs, including the same number of handicap accessible parking spaces.
Streets, alleys and rights-of-way
Rock, gravel, dirt, construction material, litter, and/or containers thereof cannot be placed upon any street, alley, right-of-way, or sidewalk without prior permission from the City. Contact the Public Works Department.
The Transfer Station on North Boswell is open twice a week for disposal of larger loads of household trash and large items (for a fee) or free disposal of yard waste. More information...
The City of Crete is diligent in the fight against disease carrying mosquitoes. Seasonal spraying is done towards dusk Mondays and Thursdays unless it is raining or wind exceeds 10 mph. Tuxedo Park is treated with spray on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings to avoid activities in the park.
Salt brine pretreatment
The Street Department will use a salt brine pretreatment during winter months to combat icy streets in certain areas of town. The brine will be applied before an anticipated freezing event if conditions allow, however, rainfall at an inopportune time in the process can wash away the brine or dilute it to where it becomes ineffective. Salting streets in other areas of the city will remain a city practice in response to freezing conditions. For more winter information, see the Winter Weather Guide.
Emergency Snow Routes (view larger map)
After a significant snow event, three or more inches of accumulation, the city may declare a Snow Emergency, during which time parking along marked Emergency Snow Routes is prohibited and vehicles in violation will be towed.
The city has marked Emergency Snow Routes on arterial streets including: Highway 33/103, Hawthorne, Boswell, Iris, and Main Avenues; East 1st, East 4th, East 5th, East 9th, East 14th, East 15th, and East 29th Streets; others include Betten Rd., the entire downtown area and streets around Crete Elementary school. City Code, Chapter 5, Article 2
Parking tickets and towing
24-hour Parking: Vehicles cannot remain parked on streets, public roads or public property for more than 24 hours at a time.
Downtown Parking: Parking is prohibited in the downtown area between 2-4 a.m.; watch for posted signs.
Vehicles parked in violation of these ordinances make it difficult to effectively clean and clear city streets and are subject to tickets by the Crete Police Department and towing. City Code, Chapter 5, Article 4. Any vehicle cited three times within 30 days may be towed on the issuance of the third ticket.
Parking tickets and fees are paid at the Crete police station, 1945 Forest Ave., during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 -11 a.m. and 12 -5 p.m.) If a vehicle was towed during a snow emergency or for other parking violations it may be claimed from the towing company once the fees are paid at the police station.