Department of Public Services



Director: Rod Russell
Phone: (269) 329-4441
Email: Department of Public Services

Address: 7719 South Westnedge Avenue

The Streets Maintenance Division provides quality 24-hour maintenance services of all public streets within the City of Portage. Maintenance functions include minor street repairs, resurfacing projects, snow removal, traffic control, sign repairs, annual pavement marking applications, sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs. The department also purchases and maintains all city-owned vehicles and equipment.

Special services designed to enhance neighborhood quality include:


    City Centre Flowers

    The City of Portage partners with Kalamazoo in Bloom each year to plant and maintain flower beds in the City Centre Area. Volunteers are needed to assist with two important tasks to create a beautiful display of summer blooms for residents and visitors to enjoy.

    Flower Planting Day: Friday, May 19, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to plant annual flowers in City Centre flower beds. Bring a trowel and gloves if possible − extras will be on hand. Meet at Library Lane in the City Centre at 9 a.m. Morning snacks and lunch will be provided!

    Adopt a Bed Volunteers: Adopt a flower bed in the Portage City Centre Area. In addition to planting annuals, adopters care for beds throughout the season, weeding and deadheading as necessary. Watering will be provided by the city.

    To sign up for either of these volunteer opportunities, complete the form below.