Village Board talks salt, road repair options

By on March 28, 2014

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday discussed its options for purchasing salt and for road repair. Streets Supervisor Geoff Payton addressed his thoughts and recommendations for the purchasing of salt for next year.

“We would like to take advantage of the renewal option since we used a lot of our resources this winter,” Payton said. “We need to order 3,200 tons of salt, and we would like them to lock in our price for the year.”

Payton mentioned that they ordered 2,250 tons of salt last year and that the amount they need changes each year. He also told the board that the cost of salt wouldn’t increase past 5 percent. The Village Board has a deadline of Friday, March 28, to send in their request to the state to renew their salt contract.

The Village Board approved Payton’s request for the salt renewal option. Payton mentioned that the village sparingly used sand this year in order to preserve its salt supply.

Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger discussed the related topic of road repair options after a long winter.

“We need to decide if we want to spend the money on crack sealing roads and save some of these roads now,” Eichelberger said. “It will be expensive later.”

Eichelberger mentioned two different ways to fund the road repair, one of them being a vehicle registration fee and the other a referendum. He mentioned the possible negative effects of both options, as the vehicle registration fee could be a very unpopular decision, and the referendum would be difficult to pass in this economy according to Eichelberger.

“There are a lot of issues with both methods, and there isn’t a viable method,” Eichelberger said. “I would like to have a focus-group-type discussion with the Village Board.”