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The contract to begin sealing streets around Springfield has finally been approved. Last night the city council approved the contract with Denler Inc. 10-0 for them to begin work. This contract had been delayed due to hiring issues in the past with the contractor. That incident inspired the recent changes to the local hiring ordinances. The new rules combine a “carrot and stick” approach, with incentives for hiring locally and penalties for falling short. If a contractor fails to meet the quotas, there would be fines, and they could possibly be excluded from bidding on public work projects in the future.

However, those issues have been resolved, and the work can go forward. Denler came in substantially below other bidders, and should save the city nearly $80,000. The work will focus on Chatham Road, as well as Ash, and Linconshire. With cold winter weather approaching, that work will begin as soon as the contractors can.

Pickup sticks

The council also discussed the city’s limb pickups. Currently, there are only two regularly scheduled pickups: one in April, one in October. In the event of a storm, there might be a pickup as needed. However, several aldermen feel this may not be enough. With so many bundles of sticks still sitting on curbs, the council asked if there could be another pickup date in the summer.

Public Works Director Mark Mahoney said that another pickup date would be possible, but cautioned the council to look at the costs of such a move. The real costs come from the manpower the pickup would take. Since there is work that is already not getting done due to manpower shortages, any new task necessarily takes away from other projects. One way to pay for the pickup would be an increase to the recycling fees. Increasing the fee from $3.00 per month to $3.50 would raise an estimated $200,000.

Good signs on the financial front

The city also voted to lower the line of credit with Illinois National Bank from $15 million to $5 million. This move will save CWLP $5,000 per month, or $60,000 per year, in reduced fees. This move is possible because the improved cashflow and finances of CWLP, which are in much better position than they were even a few years ago.

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