The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 15, 2013

Yard waste site work back before council

BY JENNIFER BAILEY jbailey@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Last month, city council members rejected a bid for work at the city’s new landscape waste recycling facility on the east end of Liberty Lane.

Now city officials are back tonight with another resolution to lease equipment and operations for the site work at a lower cost.

Doug Ahrens, public works director, said city officials opened bids last week for redefined work at an hourly rate for leasing certain pieces of equipment, including operators, for a portion of the work necessary to construct the new site.

The city will serve as the general contractor for certain site improvements, including excavating, grading and movement of earth and mulch materials.

The sole bid the city received again was from Midwest Asphalt Co. with unit and lump sum prices.

Aldermen will consider approving hourly prices of: $170 an hour for a scraper/$195 an hour for overtime; $200 an hour for a dozer with GPS controls/$225 an hour for overtime; $5,000 for GPS lump sum setup; $135 an hour for Sheeps foot roller/$165 an hour for overtime; $135 an hour for smooth drum roller/$165 an hour for overtime; and $340 per trip lump sum for mobilization/demobilization.

The total cost of all leased equipment and lump sum fees are not to exceed $150,000.

Funding is coming from the solid waste fund reserve.

Aldermen last month rejected a bid of $249,800 from Midwest Asphalt Co. of Tilton for specified site work.

City council members also previously authorized a budget amendment and approving a $26,930 contract with R&R Services of Illinois Inc. for bulk material grinding services at the city’s current landscape waste recycling facility at the Brickyard Landfill.

The contract with R&R Services is for mulch, brush and tree materials because the city’s tub grinder is too old and can’t grind and process all the bulk material.

These site completion activities must occur prior to closure and the move to the new site.

In other business, the council will consider:

Approving a collective bargaining agreement with Danville Firefighters Union Local 429.

Authorizing acquisition of properties.

Granting an access and sign easement at 3628 N. Vermilion St. for Lowe’s as part of the North Vermilion redevelopment project.

Approving an engineering agreement for a safety evaluation and funding identification for possible improvements for various at-grade railroad crossings.

The Danville Area Transportation Study selected Hanson Professional Services of Springfield to perform the study at a cost of $22,178.

“If we can enhance safety ...,” Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black said about improving travel safety in the city, such as trying to prevent more fatal accidents like one on Liberty Lane, he supports the effort.

Authorizing vacation of a north-south alleyway west of 105 W. Roselawn for Doug and Roxy Reed-Jones and authorizing vacation of an east-west alleyway north of 913-921 E. Main St. for Michael Mains and Mains Family LLC.

Prohibiting parking on Woodbury Street, on the south side, from Logan Avenue to Sherman Street and on Woodbury Street, on the north side, from Logan Avenue to 150 feet east of Logan Avenue, both at all times.

Authorizing Danville Mass Transit to purchase an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible minivan equipped with a wheelchair ramp to provide support services for a cost of $33,938 from Midwest Transit Equipment, Inc. of Kankakee. State and federal capital grant funding is paying for the purchase.

Approving a professional services agreement for the East Main Street corridor study.

Coming up The city council will meet at 6 tonight at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.