Public Works Department

Address - 644 Washington Street 

Rhinelander, Wisconsin  54501

Phone Number - 715.369.4727

Alt. Phone Number - 715.362.2728

Fax Number - 715.365.8630

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Tim Kingman, Public Works Director, 715.362.4731

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Justin Ernst, Fleet Manager, 715.369.4727

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Tom Froehlich, Public Works Department,715.362.2728

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Tony Gilman, Street Superintendent, 715.362.2728

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Office Hours - Winter: Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day: Monday-Thursday: 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Our Goal:

To maintain the City of Rhinelander streets, sidewalks, curbs, storm sewers and trees in an effort to provide safe passage for all through our city; and to present an attractive and welcoming appearance.  We are committed to providing professional services to our citizens, business, and visitors.  In doing so, we encourage the following organizational values.

  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Responsibility
  • Creativity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Teamwork
  • Trust
  • Honesty
  • Organization
  • Efficiency

Services - The Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining the City’s streets, sidewalks, curbs, storm sewers and trees in order to provide inviting and safe travel throughout the City. 


  • Maintain streets, alleys and residential sidewalks
  • Maintain storm water drainage (culverts, ditch lines and street drains)
  • Street & traffic signs
  • Traffic lights
  • Street sweeping
  • Snow plowing, sanding, and snow removal
  • Trim trees and brush to keep streets and sidewalks clear of obstructions
  • Repair potholes, crack sealing and line marking
  • Mow city-owned land and problem areas

Examples of Street Department Responsibilities: 

  • Long Term Street Construction and Maintenance Planning
  • Road Construction
  • Storm Response
  • Maintenance of Streets and City Owned Alleyways
  • Pavement Marking (crosswalks, parking lots, lane division markings)
  • Traffic Light Maintenance
  • City Owned Street Light Maintenance
  • Street Cleaning (one of our staff members works for the Stormwater Utility during Summer months)
  • Repair and Maintenance of Storm Sewer System for the Stormwater Utility
  • Snow Plowing, Sanding, and Snow Removal of Streets, Alleys, Bridges, and Parking Lots
  • Spring and Fall Leaf and Brush Pick-up
  • Maintenance of Limbs/Branches within the Public Right-of-Way
  • Pothole Patching
  • Crack Sealing
  • Enforcement of Weed Control Ordinance
  • Mowing of City Owned Property (excluding Parks)
  • Maintenance of Ditch Lines to Enhance City Storm Sewer Drainage
  • Oversee Garbage and Recycling Services
  • Oversee Bridge Maintenance Program
  • Vehicle Maintenance for All City Owned Equipment
  • Sidewalk Repair and Construction
  • Curb and Gutter Repairs
  • Assist Water Department During Water Breaks and Thawing Season
  • Assist Police and Fire Departments During Times of Crisis
  • Assist Inspection Department with Commercial Development Planning
  • Assist Parks/Forestry Department With Tree Removals and Stump Grinding

Public Information

The City's garbage collection contractor is Advanced Disposal (715) 369-1390

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For snow & ice and winter parking:

Garbage and Recycling Contractors

 Statewide Road Conditions