The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 15, 2014

Panel reviews overtime costs

Committee recommends amendment

The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — From May to December 2013, the city spent its budgeted $60,000 in overtime for streets division workers.

Public Works Director Doug Ahrens told aldermen Tuesday night the overtime work included about 1,070 man hours responding to about 108 different events from power failures, trees down, slick roadways and other issues.

Members of the city council’s Public Works Committee recommended approving a $75,000 budget amendment Tuesday night to cover another approximately $50,000 in overtime due to the recent snow storms and $25,000 to hopefully get the city through the end of its fiscal year in April.

“We hope the balance is going to carry us,” Ahrens said of the remaining $25,000.

Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black said he can’t criticize the city for the overtime costs. Other cities are dealing with the additional costs too with the snow.

Committee members also discussed clearing snow away better from bus stops during large snow events.

The full city council will act on that budget amendment and others next week.

Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, the committee recommended hiring Collins Engineering of Chicago for $23,000 to perform a routine underwater and above water inspection of the Denmark Road bridge over Lake Vermilion.

Urban Services Director David Schnelle said the bridge is on a two-year inspection cycle. An underwater inspection, however, never has been performed. Motor fuel tax funds will pay for the work.

Also Tuesday, committee members recommended approving a resolution authorizing consideration of contracting for pavement striping services for city streets.

In accordance with an article of the collective bargaining agreement between the city and Laborers International Local 703, the city council must provide notice of contract consideration of services being provided by members of the bargaining unit.

Ahrens said the city always did its own street striping, but moved to thermo-plastic.

He said due to the equipment costs with long-line striping, and not a reflection on efforts or the ability of city employees, the city is looking at contractor costs.

“(Street striping) is faint in many areas,” Ahrens said. “We need to get back into striping.”

The work is expected to be completed this summer.