Invasive plant management in Blackberry Creek

By on July 25, 2014

Board accepts proposal for work around ponds
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday voted to accept a proposal from a DeKalb land management company to begin invasive plant management around naturalized ponds in the Blackberry Creek subdivision.

Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said that although Encap, Inc. was the only bidder on the project, its fees were reasonable. The proposal from the company was based on hourly fees. Nevenhoven said the company has previously done work for the village, with good results.

“Encap’s a reputable company,” Nevenhoven said. “I trust their work, and I think they’ll do a good job.”

Although the village had budgeted $85,000 for the project, Nevenhoven told the board that he didn’t want to spend that much on the work.

Trustee Ken Anderson agreed, saying that because of where they were at in the growing season, the cost would be less than that.

“Usually you start in March,” Anderson said.

Anderson suggested that, in addition to the board receiving reports of how much is being spent each month, it get an update on Encap’s work in the subdivision.

“It would be a good education for the board on what a good prairie looks like,” he said.