Ramzi El-Gharib, P.E

City Engineer /

DPW Director

Important Information

Public Works Department
734-721-2048 Fax

35200 Forest St.
Hours: 7am-3:30pm
Dept. Location Map

Let us know your thoughts or questions. Please use this email contact form.

Tune to 1620 am
for Emergency Information

Reports, Forms & Schedules

Nominate a Beautiful Home or Business

Home Example

Wayne's best-looking homes and businesses of the current year won’t be recognized unless someone - you - place them in nomination. Please call the Public Works Department with your nomination at 734-721-8600 or complete this nomination form.

Tree City USA

For the 13th year the City of Wayne has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. The City is also the recipient of a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program in education and public relations, continuing education for tree workers, tree planting / maintenance and recycling.

The national, prestigious Growth Award recognizes environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Wayne has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

"Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, providing environmental and economical benefits," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife. Trees in urban areas reduce the heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings. Properly placed trees can increase property values. Communities that are recognized with a Tree City USA designation and Growth Award go to great lengths to plant and care for the community forest."

For more information about Tree City USA go to: www.arborday.org/
. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental, and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. www.arborday.org.

Need A Problem Solved?
We Have The Services To Help You!

The Department of Public Works (DPW) employs 19 full time employees and five part time employees. The department resolves most customer’s requests on the same day they are received. Wayne’s DPW is responsible for 58.53 miles of City streets, and

  • Maintains City trees and manages a free, City-wide tree planting program
  • Supervises the removal of approximately 9,800 tons of refuse each year
  • Maintains 84 miles of Water Main Lines
  • Maintains 84 miles of Sewer Main Lines

Water & Sewer Rates

The Water and Sewer Fund Budget has been reviewed, approved and adopted for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Sufficient water and sewer rates needed to be approved to provide money to operate the system. Effective for all consumption billed on or after July 1, 2014, the following rates have been authorized:

Water $4.12 per 1,000 gallons
Sewer $6.29 per 1,000 gallons
Total $10.41 per 1,000 gallons

A $11.03 monthly ($22.06 bi-monthly) fixed sewer fee shall go into effect on July 1, 2014.

A $15.65 monthly ($31.30 bi-monthly) fixed water fee shall go into effect on July 1, 2014.

For information regarding other water & sewer fees such as IWC charges, monthly meter fees, tap/debt service fees, etc., contact the water billing clerk at 734-722-2005.

Fire Hydrant Maintenance Fire Hydrant flushing begins

Every year the City of Wayne Department of Public Works performs work to winterize fire hydrants. During this process, Public Works employees will flow hydrants which may occasionally cause residents and businesses to experience rusty water. If you experience rusty water, please allow your water to flow until clear. It is recommended that you do not do laundry or use water for food preparation until it flows clear. If the problem persist, please contact the DPW at (734) 721-8600.

Illicit Discharges / Water Pollution

To report an illicit discharge or water pollution please call the Wayne County Department of Enviironment Reporting Hotline (734) 995-2198

Other Available Numbers

MDEQ Assistance Center (800) 662-9278

MDEQ Pollution Emergency (800) 292-4706

If you have questions please call the DPW at 734-721-8600

Please Help to Reduce Our Water CostSave Water

In an effort to control our cost related to water usage and enhance the overall efficiency of the water system, we are asking residential and commercial water users to control water usage during peak hours. Please set automatic irrigation systems to run during the non-peak hours between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am. For commercial and industrial users, please set water recovery tanks and other water storage units to fill during this same non-peak time period whenever possible.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Christmas Tree Collection
Trees are collected during regular trash pick up through mid January.

The DPW will answer your questions regarding:

  • Street signs
  • Debris along City streets and right-of-way areas
  • Fire hydrants – both public and private (The City offers a private property maintenance contract)
  • Grading and dust control of City dirt roads
  • Street sweeping – the entire City is swept every 4-5 weeks
  • Pavement line marking
  • Surface maintenance and drainage on City streets

Glenwood CemeteryGlenwood Cemetery
The City of Wayne owns Glenwood Cemetery, located on Glenwood Rd., west of Venoy Rd. For information contact (734) 721-8600.

Private Property
For questions or complaints involving private property or a possible ordinance violation, please call the City of Wayne Ordinance Department at (734) 728-9100.

Recycling Center
The Recycling Center is located in the parking lot of 4001 S. Wayne, corner of forest. It’s always open for your newspapers, glass, tin, aluminum, batteries and plastics. By law the City can not accept motor oil.

RefuseAutomated Pickup Trucks
Acceptable at curbside are all appliances, including stoves, washers, dryers, hot water tanks, dishwashers, etc.. which are picked up at the curb on collection day. Refrigerators must have their doors taken off.  CallRepublic Waste for special pickup at 877-264-5544.

Not Accepted at Curbside
These items are not acceptable for curbside pick up:

  • Hazardous materials – drugs, chemicals, infected materials, explosives, etc.
  • Construction and demolition materials
  • Tree stumps weighing over 50 lbs
  • Car parts

Acceptable Receptacles
Size: Metal, plastic, fiberglass, etc. 5 to 30 gallons.
All receptacles must have handles and tightly fitting covers. Plastic refuse bags, for garbage only, must have a capacity of minimum of 1 bushel through a maximum of 3 bushels.
Weight: Maximum of 50 lbs.
Refuse bags are sold at the DPW office and at City Hall.

Not Acceptable Receptacles
Paper shopping bags and cardboard containers are prohibited.

Refuse Collection Schedule
Your refuse will be collected according to the City’s established schedule. Your scheduled pick up day will change as a result of one of the following holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If your regular day happens to fall on one of those holidays, your refuse will be collected on the day following the holiday. Click here to view or download and save the Refuse Pickup Schedule Map.

Yard Waste
Yard waste is collected on regular collection days beginning April 1 and continuing through the week of December 15. Yard waste is: grass clippings, leaves, very small twigs, potting soil, garden fruits and vegetables, and old flowers.  Yard waste can no longer be placed in plastic bags. 

Here’s what you should do:

Separate yard waste from regular trash by about 10 ft.

  • Mark the yard waste containers with "Yard Waste" stickers. The stickers are available at City Hall or the DPW.
  • Cut branches into 3 ft. lengths and tie them into bundles that weigh no more than 50 lbs. each.

Sewer Problems
If you have a sewer-related problem, call DPW during normal hours. If you spot the problem on a holiday, the weekend or after normal business hours, please contact the Police Department at (734) 721-1414. DPW personnel determine if the problem is in your sewer line or the City’s sewer main and counsel you regarding your options.

Snow Removal
If the City has a snowfall of 4 in. or more, residents are asked not to park on public streets. You will be notified via the general media when the snow emergency is over and street parking is once again allowed. The DPW clears major roads first, then residential streets, dead-end streets and cul de sac areas.


Streetlights are surveyed periodically. If you see one that’s not working, please use fill in this form and let us know.


The City has a tree planting program. The City of Wayne has been designated as an official Tree City U.S.A.  Contact the DPW for more information.

City trees are normally trimmed as part of a routine maintenance schedule and upon request, by either DPW personnel or a contractor under DPW supervision. Trees are only removed if they are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous. Trees are not removed due to root damage to sidewalks, yards or sewer lines.

Water Billing
If you have a concern about your water bill, contact the Water Department at (734) 722-2000.

Water Leaks
Please report water main breaks or water leaks to the DPW. If you discover a break after normal business hours, on holidays or the weekend, please call the Police Department at (734) 721-1414.

Other Services - Provided by Utility Companies

Excavating – Call Miss Dig
By law, anyone excavating  must call Miss Dig so that existing utilities can be located. The number is 1-800-482-7171 – and there is no charge for the service.

Gas Leaks
If you smell gas in or around your home, call 911 and report it to the Wayne Fire Department.