Glencoe official ready for holidays, snow
Dave Mau, Glencoe director of Public Works, grew up in Park Ridge and resides in Buffalo Grove. He's been with the Village of Glencoe 22 years. | Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Like a greeting found inside a Christmas card, Dave Mau, Glencoe’s director of Public Works, has it down pat. Glencoe is picture perfect, like a Currier & Ives winter scene. Then again, Park Ridge, where the Maine South High School graduate grew up also has North Shore charm. Mau and his wife Nancy have three children: Jake, 23, Nick, 21 and Andrea, 17. He resides in Buffalo Grove. He’s been with the Village of Glencoe 22 years and is a licensed State of Illinois professional engineer. His hobbies are golf, running, biking and landscaping.
Q. How do you plan to spend the holidays?
A. Christmas in the Chicago area with my family and New Years in Nebraska with extended family.
Q. Your favorite Christmas memory?
A. Seeing the joy of Christmas morning through the eyes of my kids when they were very young.
Q. What does Dave Mau want from Santa Claus?
A. From Santa? I am very blessed and have everything that I could ever want in my faith and my family.
Q. Any funny stories from your time at Public Works?
A. The Village regularly strings holiday lights on the spruce tree at the corner of Park and Vernon avenues. One year I had a very distinguished woman inform me that she thought that the tree we put up the year before was much nicer.
Q. Are you a summer or winter person?
A. I enjoy all of the seasons in the Chicago area, but mostly the construction season.
Q. Why is Glencoe such a special community?
A. What makes Glencoe special is the small town feel. It provides a comfortable sense of community, whether you’re walking the downtown, out at a special event or relaxing on the Glencoe Golf Course.
Q. What is your advice to residents about snow?
A. With better forecasting options through the media, residents should heed winter storm warnings and allow extra time, stay off the road during heavy snowstorms, etc.
Q. Any fun facts about snow removal?
A. The department has adopted a policy to control salt usage to reduce the impact on infrastructure, equipment and the environment, while still maintaining safe winter driving conditions. In a typical winter the village uses 1,000 tons of road salt, 2,000 gallons of calcium chloride and 1,000 gallons of salt brine to control icing on the Village streets.
Q. Not that you are a weatherman, but do you predict a snowy season?
A. It will snow this winter, that much I do know!
Q. Why is the Glencoe community a great place to be of service?
A. What encourages me about working in this community is that the residents have high expectations for the services we deliver but willingly and frequently express appreciation for the high level of services they receive.
Q. What have you learned while working at the Village of Glencoe?
A. I have learned from working alongside some very dedicated and talented professionals that quality and people count most.
Q. Why is Glencoe a great place, you think, to raise a family?
A. Great opportunities to get involved in the community and play a part in the educational and recreational services that benefit all families.