City of Gladstone Public Works

City Departments

Public Works

Compost Site Survey

The Department of Public Works (DPW) operates from facilities located at 27 Delta Avenue near the Bay Campground.   The DPW provides essential services to City residents throughout the year with maintenance and upkeep of much of the City infrastructure including: City street system, storm water system, cemetery operations, compost site maintenance, and trash / recycling collection.
Other responsibilities include the City GIS system, forestry, and equipment maintenance.   We assist other departments, civic groups, merchants, business owners and residents.   We also provide mutual aid to other units of government.
General hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Contact number: (906) 428-9577
Public Works Department Staff

Name:                                                                   Position:
Mark Polega - (906) 428-1701                               Electric and Public Works Director
Barry Lund                                                                Public Works Coordinator
Joe Quinn                                                                  Heavy Equipment Operator
Casey Shope                                                            Heavy Equipment Operator
Adam Zimmermann                                              Heavy Equipment Operator / GIS Coordinator
Kyle McIntyre                                                          Sanitation Operator
John VanBrocklin                                                    Mechanic
Gladstone has three street classifications: Arterials, Major Streets and Local Streets.  
The State of Michigan and Delta County are responsible for the care and upkeep of the Arterials U.S. 2, U.S. 41 and M- 35.   The City of Gladstone does mow the arterial streets.
Major Streets make up over 17 miles of our City streets.
The remaining 30.5 miles of primarily residential streets are classified as Local Streets.
The DPW is responsible for maintenance and repair of City streets and alleys, Downtown Development Association sidewalks and parking lots.   The work consist of paving projects, pavement maintenance activities such as seal coating and crack sealing, street sweeping, maintaining pavement markings and traffic and street signs, trimming and removing trees within the street right-of-way and maintenance of gravel shoulders and ditches.   In the winter, the DPW performs maintenance such as plowing snow, spreading sand/salt and removing snow piles that accumulate.
Storm Sewers/Drains
Storm sewers collect and channel storm water run-off from City streets to our retention areas, ditches, creeks and ultimately to Little Bay De Noc.   DPW crews clean and maintain catch basins, storm sewers, leaching catch basins and retention areas.   Since storm water is not treated, anything such as oil, pet waste, grass clippings, and leaves, etc. placed into these structures flows into our watershed and ultimately Little Bay De Noc.   If you see this happening, please call Public Safety at (906)428-3131.   In addition, over-fertilizing lawns can cause excessive non-source point pollution into our watershed.   Use of fertilizers with low or no phosphorous is encouraged to protect our watershed.   See the Composting Site and Yard Waste section below to learn about other concerns related to storm water pollution.  
Sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owner.   This includes snow removal and replacement.  
The City is proud to be a Tree City USA community.   The City is committed to providing a sound community forestry program.   Trees in the City Right-Of-Way are City property and will be maintained by the DPW and Electric Departments.   If a tree is diseased or dangerous to the public, the City will remove the tree.   The City adheres to professional arboricultural standards for tree care.
Buildings and Grounds
The DPW is responsible for maintenance of DPW offices and garage, the Downtown Development Association sidewalks and parking lots.
Special Events
The DPW crew participates in the background of many special events held in the City each year.   We cooperate with civic groups and other departments, by providing support for their projects.
Composting Site and Yard Waste
The City composting site is a collection point for brush and yard waste generated by City activities and by City residents.   City residents are responsible for collection and proper disposal of yard waste from their own property.   The compost site is available to city residents to dispose of their yard waste.  Please do not place leaves or other yard waste in the City Right-Of-Way or streets.   The City does not collect any type of yard waste produced from resident properties.   Placing yard-waste in streets affects proper storm-water runoff and increases non-point source pollution.  
DPW also composts yard waste so it can be recycled.   City residents can utilize compost materials produced at the site for their own use free of charge.   Only compost can be removed from the compost site, and nothing else.   Anything else that leaves the compost site will be considered theft and reported to Gladstone Public Safety.
Non-residents are not permitted to use the site.   They should contact their local government agency about how to handle yard waste.   Commercial haulers and lawn service companies are not permitted to use the site.   Anyone caught dumping that is not a City resident will be reported to Gladstone Public Safety.
Acceptable Waste
Only clean yard waste, brush, and tree waste will be accepted.   Acceptable yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, pine cones, acorns, garden vegetation, sod, and soil.   Acceptable brush and tree waste includes shrubs, tree branches, ground tree stump, and firewood.   Tree waste must be no longer than 5 feet in length and no larger than 6 inches in diameter.   Yard waste and brush/tree waste must be separated and placed in the designated locations at the compost site.   Place waste as close to piles as you can so others can easily use the site and City staff can better operate/manage the site.   The City reserves the right to limit the quantity of brush disposed.  
Unacceptable Waste
Furniture, construction materials of any nature including lumber, pallets, tree stumps, asphalt, concrete, bricks, rocks, ashes, glass, metal, Styrofoam, animal feces, food waste, or other foreign materials are unacceptable.   Plastic bags are not permitted in the compost site.   If materials are brought in plastic bags, please empty contents and dispose of plastic bags in a proper disposal location away from the compost site.   Anyone caught dumping unacceptable waste in the compost site will be reported to the City of Gladstone Public Safety.
After unloading, please sweep trailers, pickup boxes, etc. clean to maintain street cleanliness and safety.
Currently the site does not have posted hours.
Solid Waste /Recycling Collection
The DPW is responsible for the collection of property owner solid waste and recycling.   One garbage can and one recycling can (blue lid) is provided to each property in the City.   These 95 cans are numbered and chipped to allow for tracking.   The cans are specially designed to be picked up by our automated truck.   Other trash containers cannot be picked up by our truck.   The truck that picks up the cans is specialized to allow for automated collection of trash and recycling.   A side arm picks up the cans and lifts the trash and recycling into the truck.   The arm will then place the can back to its original location.   This truck is operated by trained staff that knows the various routes throughout the City and is trained in the proper use of the equipment.
The solid waste cart has a brown lid and the recycling cart has a blue lid.   They should be placed in the collection location by no later than 7 a.m. on your collection day.   Carts placed out after this time will not be picked up.   The arrow on the cart must point towards the street/alley.   Ensure that the cart has a minimum 3’ clearance from any other objects.   Do not put the cart near any obstructions including overhanging tree branches or utility wires.   During the winter snow must be removed around the cart.   Do not put other place other waste outside of the cart.   Do not overload the cart and keep the lid closed to prevent water from collecting, to control odors and prevent animals from removing contents.   Waste oil, batteries, electronic items such as televisions, computers, appliances and yard waste are not permitted for pickup.   Never place food waste directly into the solid waste container.   Do not put the recycle and solid waste carts out at the same time.
Items prohibited for recycling include glass, food contaminated paper or cardboard, wax-coated boxes, Styrofoam, cereal and cake mix boxes, or oil/antifreeze containers.   Never place garbage into recycling cart.
Please note that your trash or recycling may not be picked up if the guidelines above are not followed.   If this happens, your containers will be picked up at the next scheduled pick up time if guidelines are adhered to.                  



For information on purchasing a lot or to locate a loved one please contact Kim Berry, City Clerk at 906-428-2311 x 2 or e-mail your request to

The City of Gladstone owns and operates Fernwood Perpetual Care Cemetery.  The cemetery is located on the North Bluff and is approximately 40 acres.  The cemetery is a public cemetery and residency is not a requirement.  The sale of lots consists of family lots (8 lots), single lots and cremation lots.  The cemetery is overseen by a Cemetery Committee, which meets periodically to review rules and regulations; violations, rates, etc.  Rules and regulations are posted at the entrance of the cemetery and copies are available at City Hall.