Public Buildings & Grounds Maintenance Department

The Division of Buildings and Grounds is responsible for maintaining all city owned buildings and grounds. The forestry staff, which is responsible for all city owned trees, also operates through this division. Major responsibilities performed by  the Buildings and Grounds Division include: mowing, building maintenance, special event set up, maintaining city flower beds and landscaped areas, park maintenance, special facilities maintenance, snow plowing, holiday decorations, and some construction projects. Additionally, forestry staff is responsible for right of way tree planting, street tree trimming and removal, and the brush pick up program.


A variety of services are available to citizens upon request. These services may be re- quested on-line through this web site's Action Center or by contacting the Buildings and Grounds office. Staff is available to register your concerns.
Services provided include: right of way tree planting and removal when warranted, right of way tree trimming when necessary, graffiti removal, and brush pick up. During the growing season brush pick-up is a weekly function of the Forestry Division. Pile your brush next to the curb on your trash pick-up day and your brush will be removed. During the winter months you must arrange for pick-up with a call or through the Action Center.

(Please contact Bordens Waste Away for trash and large item/appliance pick-up).

Trash service is contracted by the city; therefore this function is not performed directly by city staff.


Citizens should contact the Buildings and Grounds office regarding any concerns relating to maintenance of city owned facilities and grounds.


  • News
  • Services
  • Brush pickup changing back to winter call-in schedule
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    City of Elkhart forestry crews are making one final round through the city before changing back to the winter call-in schedule for brush pickup. Beginning Monday, December 3, residents will need to call the City’s Buildings and Grounds Department in order to requ...
  • City of Elkhart Weekly Brush Pick-Up Program
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018
    Do you have small tree branches to be disposed of? If so, the City of Elkhart has a program to help! The Residential Brush Pick-Up Program allows you to get rid of this type of yard waste at no charge.
  • City of Elkhart dedicates the Thomas E. and Charolette M. Garl Memorial Shelter
    Saturday, August 11, 2018
    Mayor Tim Neese and members of the Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department joined the Garl Family Saturday to dedicate the Thomas E. and Charolette M. Garl Memorial Shelter.

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Mike Lightner,
Department Head

1100 McDonald St
Elkhart, IN 46516
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  • Phone:  (574) 970-0542
  • Fax:  (574) 970-7759
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  • Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm

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