Friday, December 14, 2012
The village has approximately 2,000 tons of salt in storage and ready for use.
Editor's note: The following is a press release from the village of Montgomery. As winter approaches, so does the possibility of Montgomery receiving a measurable snowfall with the potential to coat roads and snarl traffic. Although snow and ice can be treacherous and inconvenient, the Montgomery Public Works Department is prepared to handle any weather event that the Village may encounter. “We are definitely ready for snow at all times now,” said Montgomery Public Works Director Mike Pubentz. “We’re ready for whatever comes toward the village.” Pubentz said that the Public Works and Police Department staffs work closely to determine when roadway safety and accessibility may be diminished by snow and ice accumulation and will dispatch …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Village crews will flush water mains - see the schedule below - and they recommend not doing laundry while flushing is happening in your neighborhood.
Montgomery’s public works staff plans to flush water mains, both in the village and in Boulder Hill, this month. The idea is to clear sediment from the water lines, and make sure the hydrants are working properly. The water may be discolored during this process, which means if you do your laundry while they’re flushing the mains in your neighborhood, it might get stained. So village staff is recommending you check the schedule and refrain from washing clothes during the week public works crews will be in your area. Residents should also run their cold water taps first to clean out any sediment that may enter the water lines inside the homes. Public Works crews will flush hydrants from approximately 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily according to the …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Village crews will flush water mains for the next three weeks - see the schedule below - and they recommend not doing laundry while flushing is happening in your neighborhood.
If you have laundry to do over the next few weeks, you may want to consult the chart below before loading it into the washing machine. Montgomery’s public works staff plans to flush water mains, both in the village and in Boulder Hill, over the next three weeks. The idea is to clear sediment from the water lines, and make sure the hydrants are working properly. There is a catch, though: the water may be discolored during this process, which means if you do your laundry while they’re flushing the mains in your neighborhood, it might get stained. So village staff is recommending you check the schedule and refrain from washing clothes during the week public works crews will be in your area. Flushing will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily…
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Village officials have shut down the Knell Road treatment plant after numerous complaints of petroleum odors in the water on the east side. Tests show trace amounts of chemicals, but the water is completely safe, officials say.
If you live on Montgomery’s east side, and your water smells of petroleum, there are a few things you need to know: the village is working on the problem, and the water is completely safe. That’s what Mike Pubentz, the village’s public works director, said Thursday afternoon. The village began receiving calls about strange-smelling water around 9 a.m. Wednesday, and by noon, they had taken the main water treatment plant on Knell Road offline and had taken samples of the water for analysis. Pubentz said the affected area is widespread—it’s bounded by Route 31 to the west, Douglas Road to the east, Ashland Avenue to the north and Boulder Hill to the south. Pubentz’s office has received between 20 and 30 calls about the problem since …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Well 14, on the village's west side, has been offline since November. But with repairs now finished, the well should be back in service on Friday, and the rusty water problems Boulder Hill residents are experiencing should be alleviated, officials say.
Repairs to Well 14 on Montgomery's west side have been completed. And with the well successfully passing bacteriological tests on Wednesday, it should be back up and running by Friday. Public Works Director Mike Pubentz said he received word Wednesday that the water being pumped through the well passed the safety test. Public Works staff began preparations to treat that water on Wednesday, and should finish up by Thursday, Pubentz said. "We anticipate putting Well 14 back into the system on Friday, January 20," he said. That’s good news for the residents of Boulder Hill, who have been dealing with rusty, foul-smelling water coming from their sinks and showers since the well’s motor failed in November, forcing it offline. With Well 14 down…
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Here's the schedule you need to know to prevent your laundry from being stained.
Fair warning: Next week, the village of Montgomery is going to start flushing water mains. This periodic maintenance cleans sediment out of the pipes, which improves water quality, according to village officials. But it could also ruin your clothes, if you decide to wash your laundry while the flushing is going on. The water gets discolored, and could leave stains. Now that we have your attention, here’s the schedule for water main flushing through the end of the month. Week of Sept. 12: Areas east of Orchard Road to Hill Avenue, which includes Parkview Estates, and north of Route 30 to Ashland Avenue. Week of Sept. 19: Boulder Hill, south of Route 30 to Circle Drive West, and from Route 25 to Douglas Road. Week of Sept. 26: Areas west of …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Layne-Western crews start work on Montgomery's 15th well; expect to reach depths up to 1,200 feet.
Construction began in earnest Tuesday on a $2.9 million upgrade to Montgomery's west side water system. Layne-Western Company of Aurora set up shop with a massive drilling rig just west of the new police station on Civic Center Drive this week, and began drilling the village’s 15th well Tuesday morning. Crews were scheduled to start drilling Monday but rain postponed work. Well No. 15 is the first part of a massive improvement project that will also see upgrades to Well No. 14 and the treatment plant on Gordon Road, plus a connecting water main built to connect that plant with the new well. The village secured a low-interest loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to complete the project. While Layne-Western will drill the …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Fifteen boxes of flowers were removed sometime before Monday morning, and were quickly replaced.
Village public works employees had to replace 15 boxes of flowers along the Mill Street Bridge Monday morning, after vandals ripped them out of their soil. Most residents likely didn’t notice the vandalism, since employees had replaced the flowers by 11 a.m., according to Kathy Madryk of the Public Works Department. The new flowers were purchased at Schaefer Greenhouses for $177.90, she said. Madryk said while the flowers along the bridge have been vandalized before, it’s not a common occurrence. It’s even more unusual, she said, to see so many flowers uprooted. Village employees did contact the Montgomery Police Department Monday morning to report the vandalism.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Village set to spend about $3.2 million on waterworks projects.
Montgomery is having well trouble, and village leaders are poised to spend more than $215,000 on a solution. First, on March 3, one of the village’s 14 wells (No. 4) failed, and had to be shut down. According to a letter written by engineer Pete Wallers on May 17, testing of the well’s equipment showed a failure in the pumping assembly, one that could potentially lead to further damage if left running. Then on March 14, the pump and motor of Well No. 11 also failed, and had to be shut down as well. Both wells were inspected by Layne Western Company of Aurora, the “only qualified contractor in our region that is capable and authorized to perform the outlined rehabilitation work,” according to Wallers’ letter. Because of that, this work …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Waldschmidt and Associates will maintain 63 sites around the village, including portions of eight special service areas.
Montgomery trustees awarded a $52,365 contract for lawn mowing and shrub maintenance Monday night to the only bidder. The contract covers maintenance through the end of 2011 on 63 sites around the village, in eight different special service areas, as well as 11 village-owned sites and one owned by the Kaneland School District. The lone bidder for the job was Waldschmidt and Associates, based in West Chicago. Waldschmidt's bid was more than $7,000 higher than the engineer's estimate for the work. Trustees were concerned that only one company bid on the job, despite roughly eight of them requesting bid specifications, according to Public Works Director Mike Pubentz. So last month, the board asked Pubentz to look into why the other companies …