Montgomery expands street repair program : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
|Montgomery expands street repair program|
|Village board approves funding for patching on three streets |
|by John Etheredge|
Some more Montgomery streets will be repaired this fall as a result of action taken by the village board Monday evening.
In a unanimous ballot, board members voted to spend an additional $20,900 in state-reimbursed Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds for pavement patching on the following streets: Pleasant Place; Lebanon Street; Hamlet Circle; and the Concord Drive bridge.
In addition to patching Hamlet Circle, contractors will also repair curbs adjoining the street.
Mike Pubentz, the village's director of public works, said contractors will complete the patching and curb repairs over the next few weeks.
In August the board voted to award a contract totaling $335,916 to Geneva Construction to complete the village's annual MFT street maintenance program.
The contract amount was well within the $407,810 in MFT funds the board had previously budgeted for the program.
Pubentz noted the village can use some of its remaining MFT funds to pay for the additional street work without exceeding the MFT fund budget for the current fiscal year.
When questioned by board members, Pubentz said any funds remaining in the village's MFT fund will be rolled over into the next fiscal year's budget.
In a memo requesting the board's approval of the additional street repairs, Pubentz wrote, "Over the last few months the village public works staff has received several calls from residents regarding issues on various roadways through the village. In response, village staff has reviewed various areas to determine the extent of the problems and develop cost estimates for repairs."
The board had previously authorized the following streets to be resurfaced as part of this year's MFT program:
_Jackson Street from Montgomery Road to Waubansia Avenue;
_Park Avenue from Montgomery Road south 1,290 feet;
_Amber Drive from Kimberly Lane south 800 feet.
In addition, the Kimberly Lane improvements will include storm sewer maintenance work at the intersection of Park Avenue and Amber Drive.
On the village's far west side, MFT funds will pay for crack sealing on Gordon Road between Patterson Road to U.S. Route 30, and on Concord Drive between Hartfield Road and Galena Road.
Crack sealing is also scheduled for Bohr Avenue located off of Baseline Road, just south of U.S. Route 30.
MFT funds are collected by the State of Illinois and then reimbursed to the village and other municipalities across the state on a per capita basis.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) requires local municipalities to annually pass resolutions identifying the projects to be funded with MFT revenues. All of the projects are subject to IDOT review.
Official: Don't rake
leaves into streets
In other business Monday evening:
_Board member Pete Heinz urged village residents to rake their leaves into the parkway up to the curb, but not into the street in front of their homes.
Heinz said leaves raked into streets and gutters can clog up storm sewers, creating problems for public works technicians.
The village's fall leaf pick-up program will begin next Monday, Oct. 15 and continue as long as weather conditions permit, Pubentz said.
_In a unanimous vote, the board authorized the village police department to replace the department's current 800 kHz frequency police radio repeater and purchase a back-up transmitter at a cost of $22,163 from Miner Electronics Corporation of Munster, Ind.
Police Chief Dan Meyers told board members the village's radio repeater failed during the evening of Sept. 6, which shutdown the department's 800 kHz frequency communications.
According to Meyers, the department had the repeater temporarily fixed with used parts and put back in service the next day. However, he noted the repeater is more than 10 years-old and new parts are not available to repair it. As a result, Meyers recommended the board authorize the department to purchase a new unit.
_The board also voted to authorize village police to replace and purchase two Motorola base stations and reprogram eight mobile radios in village squad cars to bring the department's communications equipment into compliance with the 2013 federally-mandated narrowbanding project.
The department will purchase the equipment at a cost of $16,202 from Miner Electronics.
Meyers noted the federal mandate requires the village and all police departments across the country to narrowband their current radio frequencies by Jan. 1.
_Village President Marilyn Michelini said she was pleased with how the village's annual 5K River Run and 3K Walk held this past Saturday has grown over the last several years.
She noted that about 30 runners and walkers participated in the first run when it was held in 2005. Since that time, the number of participants has steadily grown to more than 275 this past Saturday.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Hesed House homeless shelter in Aurora.