Kendall County Highway Department Committee met Nov. 12.
Here is the minutes provided by the committee:
MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Gryder, Amy Cesich, and Matt Prochaska
STAFF PRESENT: Ginger Gates and Fran Klaas
ALSO PRESENT: Ryan Sikes and PJ Fitzpatrick
The committee meeting convened at 3:32 P.M. with roll call of committee members. Gilmour and Kellogg absent. Quorum established.
Motion Cesich; second Prochaska, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion approved unanimously.
Motion Prochaska; second Cesich, to approve the Highway Committee meeting minutes from October 8, 2019. Motion approved unanimously.
Motion Cesich; second Prochaska to recommend approval of the low bid of Arneson Oil Company to provide 15,000 gallons of gas at $2.152/gallon and 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel at $2.546/gallon to the Highway Department for fiscal year 2020. Motion approved unanimously.
Motion Cesich; second Prochaska to recommend approval of a resolution accepting the low bid of Corrective Asphalt Materials, LLC in the amount of $129,708.50 for crack filling on various county highways. Klaas reported that this was a single bidder due to the proprietary nature of the material; but the Highway Department has had excellent results with this type of product, and recommended approval of the bid. He also provided additional information on some of the different types of crack fillers used on roadways, and why the Highway Department continues to use this particular crack filling material. Motion approved unanimously.
Motion Prochaska; second Cesich to recommend approval of an ordinance establishing an altered speed zone on Rogers Road in Fox Township. Klaas reported that this speed zone would only be applied from Finnie Road to Whitfield Road (± 1,700’). It is necessary so that the signing for the curves meets the requirements of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Klaas reminded the Committee that the County Board sets speed limits on all county highways and township highways. Motion approved unanimously.
Motion Prochaska; second Cesich to recommend approval of a Preliminary Engineering Services Agreement between Kendall County and Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick Inc. in the amount of $43,500 for replacement of the River Road Bridge over the Rob Roy Creek using Township Bridge Program Funds. Klaas reported that the TBP funds would be used to cover 80% of the cost of this project. Gryder asked about the proposed width of the new structure. Klaas reported that it would have to meet all IDOT policies for a two-lane road. Additionally, Plano has made some inquiries about providing for pedestrian or bicycle facilities along River Road so that users could go from the Farnsworth House to and from the City of Plano. The Committee also discussed the large amount of traffic on River Road, the fact that it used to be a County Highway, and whether additional thought should be given to improving this corridor. Motion approved unanimously.
Under Chairman’s Report, Gryder reported that he has had quite a bit of feedback about speed limits on county highways. some wanting faster speeds, others wanting lower speeds with more controls. Klaas indicated that speed limits were probably the number one complaint that his department gets from the public.
Prochaska reported that there is some indication there might be a second round of funding for highway projects subsequent to Rebuild Illinois, and suggested that the County prepares a list of secondary projects in anticipation of a call for projects. Klaas said that he is working on additional long-range projects that could be brought to the Committee.
Klaas reported that he is working on the Long Range Plan update, and could post a draft copy soon. He suggested that because of the influx of $35 million of Rebuild Illinois money for both Eldamain Road and Collins Road, the 5-Year Plan should also get an update. even though the plan was just revised 2 months ago. Committee agreed this was a good idea to update both the 5- Year Plan and Long Range Plan. Committee discussed various projects and funding on multiple County Highways. Gryder suggested that these discussions could take place at the December Highway Committee meeting, and asked Klaas to make a power point presentation.
Motion Cesich; second Prochaska to forward Highway Department bills for the month of November in the amount of $182,139.79 to the Finance Committee for approval. By roll call vote, motion approved unanimously.
Motion Cesich; second Prochaska to adjourn the meeting at 4:10 P.M. Motion carried unanimously.