Plainfield approves snow contracts
Madhu Mayer | 10/8/2020, 6 a.m.
Though measurable snow has yet to fall, the Village of Plainfield is already preparing for the upcoming months when messy and icy road conditions will become part of the everyday norm.
The Plainfield Village Board approved contracts with companies to remove snow. The seven companies the board approved Monday for snow removal services are IAP Construction, Inc.; Antrex Inc.; Winniger Excavating; Shreve Services; Local Lawn Care and Landscaping; ACSOL/J&S Construction; and Hanson Landscape and Design.
Rather than hire one contractor who many not be available immediately following a snowfall, Pat Miller, street superintendent, said it is more cost productive to hire a company that will be paid for services provided based on agreed hourly rates, which range from $93 to $184. These hourly rates, he said, are the same as last winter season. The best part, he adds, is the village will only pay for actual work completed.
Additionally, the board Monday authorized a professional services agreement with M.E. Simpson to complete the 2020 water leak survey at a cost not to exceed $33,150.
Dan Biermann, water superintendent, said the village completed a water leak survey back in 2019, where 23 leaks were discovered. After repair of these leaks, he said the village experienced a reduction of more than 50,000 gallons of water usage per day. Essentially, the Village of Plainfield has a master meter that measures how much water is coming from Lake Michigan.
"The water division has achieved a less than 3.5 percent water loss annually, and an updated leak survey should help reduce current water loss," Biermann said. The village had budgeted $35,000 to do the water leak survey.
Village Administrator Brian Murphy said water loss 7 percent or less is considered acceptable. Plainfield's is around 3.5 percent.
"It is always good to stay on top of these things," said Murphy. "Our system is relatively in good shape."