Present: Bill Martin; Andy Meister; Rick Aylesworth; Bob
Farmer; Gene Rohlfs; Chuck Ruben
Guests: Bret Aukamp; Curt Fox
Mr. Martin called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.
A motion was made by Mr. Aylesworth, seconded by Mr. Meister, to
approve the minutes from the March 3, 2014 meeting as printed.
The list of claims for payments was reviewed. A motion was made by
Mr. Aylesworth, seconded by Mr. Meister to approve the list of
claims for payment. Motion passed.
Monthly report on current maintenance and construction - Mr.
Aukamp reported February continued to be a snowy month. Crews had 11
days of snow removal this month.
The warm weather has caused several potholes to develop. Crews
are addressing the potholes the best they can. Cold temperatures are
making it hard to fix all the potholes. When the warm temperatures
came in to Central, IL not only did it cause potholes to develop but
it also caused flooding. Flash flooding occurred on most of the
Country Highways. All of the small barricades were being used to
warn traffic, and there were still other locations that crews were
unable to sign. After the flooding passed the runoff was causing
large creeks to flood. Some minor damage has been noted, mainly from
snowdrifts, cornstalks, and debris blocking culverts.
A 1993 International snow plow truck has been overheating. The
truck needs a new radiator but the crews were able to clean the
radiator and remove most of the debris. The truck operated at normal
temperature during last snow storm.
A 1997 snow plow has bigger problems. The truck needs a new
transmission and other repairs for the PTO pump to operate the
hydraulic. With the tow bill and the repairs the cost to fix the
truck will be over $6,000. Crews have been trying to keep at least 5
trucks up and running when snow is in the forecast. Crews have 6
snow routes with only operating with 5 trucks they are unable to
cover all the miles as promptly as they would like.
Construction report - Crews have 2 County Aid projects to
begin when weather conditions improve.
Engineering report - Crews have been working on bridge
inspections however this can be a challenge with the cold
temperatures and recent flooding. Crews still have a few bridges
remaining to be inspected, mainly over the larger creeks where high
water levels prevent a thorough inspection of the piers. Mr. Aukamp
is working on developing the plan for sealcoat for the coming year.
The department usually spends $300k-$400k, which is the majority of
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Discussion of Local roads funding-Motor Fuel Tax allotments
and other Highway User Fees - Mr. Aukamp gave a presentation on
the history and the process of receiving motor fuel tax.
Resolution to award 2014 Township MFT contract for Bituminous
Materials (furnished & applied) to lowest responsible bidder.
Letting scheduled for March 11 at 10:00a.m - A motion was made
by Mr. Rohlfs, seconded by Mr. Ruben, to approve resolution for
Bituminous Materials. Motion passed.
Maintenance and upgrades to buildings at the Highway
Department - Mr. Aukamp reported the Highway Department building
needs several repair such as: Roofing on the sign shed and survey
shed, A/C coil on the downstairs blower, the roof over the foyer
area, replace the single pane windows, replace/cover the existing
flooring in the office space and electric and gas service to the
sign shed should be disconnected from existing service. The
committee suggested going through Building and Grounds and looking
into future grants.
Mechanic/Road Maintenance Position - Mr. Aukamp discussed
staffing issues with the committee however the committee was unable
to offer any promises about future funding.
Quarterly project status report - Mr. Aukamp provided the
committee with the quarterly report.
A motion was made by Mr. Rohlfs, seconded by Mr. Farmer, to adjourn
the meeting. Motion passed. Meeting ended at 8:00 pm.
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