Village Board Approves 3-Year Snowplow Contract for Cul-De-Sacs

Service will cover all cul-de-sacs in Oswego.

Despite the fact this December weather has no hint of snow, the Village board is planning for its arrival.

The Village of Oswego approved a three-year contract for Forest View Landscaping of Oswego for the removal of snow from Oswego’s cul-de-sacs.

Last year the Village also used Forest View on a one-year contract basis to plow 60 percent of the cul-de-sacs in Oswego for a total of $3,190 per push.

This year the cost will be $6,550 per push, but the service will cover all of the cul-de-sacs in the village, said Public Works Director Jerry Weaver.

The village received several bids, the lowest from Service Septic Systems for $5,460 a push. Weaver suggested dismissing their bid due to concerns he and assistant public works director Mark Runyon had found.

Some of those concerns included the lack of staff for Service Septic Systems, lack of communication regarding an equipment inspection and that they are not registered with Fox Valley Metro, which is required for those working in the septic industry in this area.

Trustee Terry Michels expressed concerns about approving a three-year contract. “We don’t know if last year was a good measure for service.”

Weaver said last year Forest View communicated well with the Public Works staff.

Forest View would not plow the cul-de-sacs unless called upon by Public Works to come out.

“We need to try and establish a benchmark of when you call,” suggested Michels, who said that two inches of snow wouldn’t prevent people from leaving cul-de-sacs, but a higher amount could.

Trustee Scott Volpe added the reason for approving an outside contract was to solve the problem of cul-de-sac snow removal without needing to purchase additional equipment or add more employees. He agreed that having a benchmark would be useful, but a little tricky depending on what is considered a lot of snow.

Weaver said of the contract, “It’s going to be a better service, but it’s not a cost saving.”

The village trustees voted 6 – 0 to approve the three year contract, with discretion left up to Weaver and Public Works staff on when is the appropriate time to use Forest View’s services. 

Smokingdiesel December 05, 2012 at 04:38 AM
All you fools run your mouths now, but you will be the first ones crying that you can't get out of your yuppie cul-d-sacs... It just costs money, trucks and equipment are crazy expensive, labor, fuel, insurance, maintence parts, the list goes on and on, It's just an expensive profession that's why the city out sources it!! They know what the costs associated with snow removal are!
Tim December 05, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Out of Context? >mike ellison >10:54 am on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 >Simple fact is that the majority of residents want a 20% cut. It should be made. >Those of you who like those sorts of services need to pay for them yourselves. Snow plowing is not an 'emergency service'
Logansdad December 05, 2012 at 03:10 PM
"Typical liberal- taking other people's statements and taking them out of context and/or stating that the first thing that people want to cut are emergency services." Typical conservative - making up a particular percentage and then applying it accross the board in general terms. How was the 20% number dervived? Why not 10%, 15% or 25%? It is so easy to pick an arbitray number. Then make it into a ballot initiative that has no enforcement behind it. I am sure if you stuck a question on the ballot that says "Do you favor paying nothing in taxes to the local, state and federal government" the majority of people would vote yes.
Oswegosmarts December 05, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Weaver said of the contract, “It’s going to be a better service, but it’s not a cost saving.” Yes Jerry it is a cost savings. But I wouldn't expect Laurel and Hardy to figure that one out
Shawn December 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
That's the truth!! Smokingdiesel


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