Dunlap, Utilities Manager
Looking back to the very beginning of the City’s ownership of the
electric and water utilities, the records clearly show that the
“City Fathers” wanted to provide the citizens of Niles with the best
possible services at the lowest prudent cost for those services.
This historic mission has been the guiding principle since that
time. Today our task is the same. We conduct our
business based on those traditional principles of dependable, safe,
and efficient service at not only a reasonable cost, but, also with
the additional proviso that what we do must be environmentally
acceptable. I am confident that our employees will work
diligently to provide quality service while preparing for an
uncertain future of competition and regulation such as the industry
has not seen during our 100+ year history.
Our Utility Company
The City of Niles Utilities
Department is owned and operated by the City of Niles for the sole
purpose of providing quality electric, water, and wastewater
treatment services. This Utilities Department is governed by a
5 member advisory Board appointed by our City Council. The
Board Members are Jerry Skarbek, Arvin Delacruz, John DiCostanzo, John Klimek
and there is currently one vacancy.
All rates and charges are recommended by this Board and approved by
our City Council. Today these three utilities serve a
population of about 13,000 people (7,500 customers) with annual
revenues of $12.5 million.
We are proud of our forefathers and their
foresight to initiate such a commitment to their community. We
will do everything within our power to continue this commitment.
Niles is not only a nice place to live; it is also the best HOMETOWN