Public works director wants more staff, other new expenditures

By on June 25, 2009

Village Board will consider requests during budget process
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board should allocate money for new public works staff, storm sewer repairs, a dump truck and a salt dome, among other expenditures when it establishes its 2009-10 budget, said Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven.

Nevenhoven presented the Public Works Committee on Monday with a list of new items he recommended the board include in the next budget.

“Everything on this list is a need, not a desire or a wish,” Nevenhoven said.
Among those needs are $100,000 for storm sewer repairs on Read, Reader, Pierce and North streets; $40,000 for a one-ton dump truck; and a dome to cover the village’s road-salt stores, Nevenhoven said.

The new 4-by-4 dump truck equipped with a salt spreader would replace two older, smaller vehicles. The salt dome would allow the village to store more salt so it would be available if market shortages occurred; in addition, the stored salt would be protected from the effects of the weather: Currently, the salt store is covered with tarps secured with tires and is not fully protected.

“It turns into a solid rock and takes a lot of effort to make it usable each year,” Nevenhoven said.

Nevenhoven also wants the village to spend $83,692 for two new laborers. The public works department has one foreman and five laborers for landscaping and for keeping up village streets, sidewalks, and sewers, which are in need of significant maintenance.

“They are working their tails off. They are doing the job very well, but they need help,” Nevenhoven said.

The Village Board will approve a new budget by the end of July. Meantime, village committees are reviewing lists of proposed new expenditures from department heads.

Another new expenditure on the public works proposed budget is $10,000 to paint and restore the Prairie Park pavilion, which trustee Gordon Dierschow said he will support.

“It’s good that we allocate money for that,” Dierschow said.

He said the 10-year old structure needs improvement.