City of Peru Public Services Committee met June 19.
City of Peru Public Services Committee met June 19.
Here is the minutes provided by the Committee:
Committee Members Present: Alderman Waldorf Chairman, Alderman Mike Sapienza, Alderman Jeff Ballard and Mayor Harl. Absent: Alderman Jim Lukosus
Other Persons Present: PSM Jeff King, City Engineer Eric Carls, Finance Officer Justin Miller, Code Enforcement Officer Josh Theisinger, Alderman Potthoff, Alderman Payton, Mike Perry of Chamlin & Associates, Chris Perra of T.E.S.T., Ben Hohenstatt of News Tribune, and Ashley Kostos.
Chairman Waldorf made a motion to approve Public Services Committee Meeting 6/05/17 Minutes. Alderman Sapienza seconded motion; motion carried.
Water & Sewer:
City Engineer Eric Carls discussed and recommended a quote from J.W. Ossola for $44,745.00 for repair of deep sewer manhole at Plain Street. He explained this was the lower of two quotes submitted to repair a 30ft deep brick manhole. This item will be placed on the next City Council agenda.
Chris Perra of T.E.S.T. reported a softener needs to be rehabbed. This maintenance item is budgeted and is done regularly. An item will be added to the next City Council agenda.
Streets & Alley:
Chairman Waldorf made a motion to purchase 15KV capacitor bank 1800KVAR for Water Street from HD Power Solutions, in the amount of $7,297.27. Alderman Ballard seconded. Roll call vote all present voting aye; motion carried. PSM Jeff King reported this one will be a spare. There are currently 5 and in the last month there have been two fires.
Mayor Harl announced Oglesby and Ladd send their thanks to the Electric Department for their assistance after the storms last week.
PSM King reported the AX Church Group did a lot of work around Peru, one place in particular being the cemetery. The group assisted with painting. He also reported the old fence will be replaced with a vinyl fence after the mausoleum project is complete.
Parks & Recreation:
Alderman Sapienza reported he believes we need a formal program to plant trees; a lot of trees have gone down; 2 for every 1 lost. PSM King added three trees have been lost from the most recent storm that caused a lot of damage along 8th St. He also stated a lot of ash trees had to be removed.
Code Enforcement/ Building & Zoning:
Code Enforcement Officer Josh Theisinger reported the issues with the Sinbad Vapors building will be taken care of soon.
City Engineer Eric Carls provided the following project updates:
• 2017 General Fund- all locations have been paved; restoration work to be completed in upcoming weeks and necessary re-seeding will be completed in the fall.
• 2017 MFT- the area of Marquette St. from 27th to 32nd is now the plan; submitting to IDOT in approximately 2 weeks.
• Peoria St. Phase 2- storm sewer trunk line up to 7th St. is complete, now working up to 8th. Water main work to follow shortly along with tie-ins to side streets.
• Plank Road- a traffic switch will take place on Wednesday; two way traffic will go onto Commerce Drive while work is done on Plank Road.
• Splash Pad- project has been slow-moving due to weather delays and material shipments. Building construction starting soon.
• McKinley Park Concession- were able to get $11,000 in savings after project changes.
• Church St. - project planning will start in winter; construction start will depend on budgeting. When the project starts it will start south and move north.
Buildings & Grounds:
Rental Registration Program discussion is ready to be discussed at next council meeting.
Chairman Waldorf reported the City should move forward with the Automated Meter Infrastructure, which Verbal Blakey gave a presentation on at the last Public Services meeting. Finance Officer Justin Miller stated he has been gathering more information. Waldorf said the council members have discussed it and feel the City is ready to move forward.
PSM King will follow up with Comcast about wires they have down around Main St. near Fulton and Peoria.
Chairman Waldorf asked Engineer Carls about painting the median at 38th & Venture Drive. Carls answered it is planned to be painted by the summer help.
PSM King discussed the hydrant maintenance that is taking place and planned to continue through the summer. In previous years the maintenance has only been performed north of Shooting Park Road and could not go south because of sewer separation projects. This year they have started the area south of Shooting Park Road and it will cause rusty and milky water. The maintenance also includes painting the hydrants. Many complaints have been received, but it is vital to the safety of citizens to make sure the hydrants are working correctly. Doing the maintenance also contributes to insurance ratings going down.
Resident Mike Hart inquired about the contract with D&M Landscaping; how often and where are they supposed to be weed whacking? PSM King answered he would look into it. Hart explained him and his wife have been weed whacking an area near Centennial Park and 13th St. as well as painted a pole. He asked if the City would like to add something to the top of the pole since there is no longer something on the top. Committee members responded they would look into it. Hard also added AX Church members did a lot of work at the park.
Chairman Waldorf made a motion to adjourn the meeting; Alderman Sapienza seconded. Meeting adjourned at 10:25 a.m.
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