Highway Commissioner Eric Ring heads up the Antioch Township Highway Department and is responsible for a crew whose job is to make certain the Township roads are kept in good repair, well maintained, and properly plowed during the winter months when the snow flies. The Highway Department is in charge of streets and roads located within the Township and outside of the Village of Antioch. Antioch Township is the largest township in Lake County with 86 miles of roads to maintain.
The Highway Department assumes many responsibilities within the road right-of-ways. Among these are the following: asphalt patching, asphalt resurfacing, drainage, gravel shouldering, litter pickup, roadside mowing, road striping, street signage, winter snow and ice control, tree trimming and removal (right-of-way), and assisting with sand and bags during emergency flooding. The Highway Department is a member of J.U.L.I.E. and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
The Highway Department also requires permits to ensure the quality of work and to protect Township residents from liability for damage to township property. An Antioch Township Highway Department Right-of-Way permit is needed for any construction in the unincorporated area that might affect the public right-of-way. This permit is in addition to a permit required by the Lake County Building & Planning Department.
Polluted runoff is the nation's greatest threat to clean water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged, untreated, into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.
NPDES Phase II Overview:
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater program was created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to address stormwater pollution. As mandated by the Clean Water Act, coverage under the NPDES Permit is required of all municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) communities.
MS4 communities were required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Illinois EPA, to receive coverage under the permit.
Stormwater Best Management Practices
In order to protect the water quality of our streams, MS4 communities in Illinois are required to develop a Storm Water Management Program Plan (SMPP) for their community. These state mandated plans include six minimum control measures:
- Pubic education and outreach on storm water impacts
- Public involvement and participation
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination
- Construction site storm water runoff control
- Post construction storm water management
- Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations
Antioch Township works to implement various Best Management Practices (BMPs) and establish measurable goals to satisfy each of these six minimum control measures. Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) acts as a Qualifying Local Program to assist all Lake County MS4s with technical services and outreach activities required by the permit.
Antioch Township submits an annual report to the Illinois EPA in June of each year, which summarizes the BMPs undertaken throughout the year, an assessment of progress towards meeting measurable goals, and planned BMPs for the upcoming year.
Click on the links below to view the Township's SMPP, NOI, and annual reports:
Antioch Township Stormwater Management Program Plan (SMPP)
Antioch Township Notice of Intent (NOI)
Annual Report - Permit Year 14
Additional links for more information:
Full information on the Illinois EPA's NPDES program: Click here
More information from Lake County SMC: Click here
Whose Road Is It Anyway?
Properly maintained roads are essential to Lake County residents, businesses, schools, and emergency service providers. Numerous government agencies construct, maintain, and repair roads in Lake County.
Lake County Passage:
PASSAGE puts local traffic information at your fingertips. View a map of current road conditions, get real time congestion information, and view camera images at major intersections. Viewing camera images is a great resource when it snows!