Department of Public Services


Lorinda Beneteau
Lorinda S. Beneteau
DPS  Director
Drainage Grant Coordinator
(734) 676-4422 ext. 228 

  • S-1 Waterworks System Operator License
  • Graduate of the Michigan Public Service Institute
  • Master Citizen Planner Credentials
  • AWWA/APWA Member

Jon T. Keim
Lead Maintenance
(734) 676-4422 ext. 133

S-2 Waterworks System Operator License

Dona L. Depa
DPS Utility Billing Clerk
(734) 676-4422 ext. 227



I began my career as a public employee in 1993 as the Building Clerk, in which I was also the Recording Secretary for both the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.  With proper training and field experience I was promoted to the position of Zoning Specialist in 1999 reviewing both building applications and ZBA applications for code compliance with the Township’s zoning ordinance. 

In 2004 I transferred to the Department of Public Services as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Public Services.  The DPS Director at the time, Barry E. Sedlock, encouraged me to pursue a waterworks system operator's license based upon my previous work experience as an operator. 

In 2008 the Township started a Drainage Grant Program for Island residents to improve residential drainage problems, whereby I became the Drainage Grant Coordinator in addition to my other duties.

In January 2014 I became the DPS Interim Manager. The major responsibilities of the Department of Public Services is to provide Island residents with safe drinking water through the water distribution system, removal of solid waste via contract operation and the operation of the sanitary sewage collection system.

In November 2016 I obtained my S-1 license as a waterworks system operator.



Providing Grosse Ile residents with safe water to drink is a major responsibility of the Public Services Department. Removal of solid waste via contract operation and the operation of the sanitary sewage system are also of vital importance.

The Department of Public Services maintains over 65-miles of water main, 75-miles of sewer system and numerous fire hydrants that serves over 10,300 residents. The DPS  promptly responds to water main breaks to insure the least amount of disruption in service to Island residents.  Our commitment is to serve the needs of the community with the dedication and professionalism the residents deserve and have come to expect.

In addition to maintaining the water and sewer system, the Department of Public Services maintains over 11-miles of bike paths throughout the Township in regards to mowing, sweeping and cleaning, and winter maintenance. The DPS is the overseer on gravel roads for dust control in dry weather season and for crack sealing of roads; ice and snow removal of Township properties; storm water management; drainage maintenance.  The department oversees the contract operations of the Waste Water Treatment Plant, which includes five lift stations and the basin.