Gurnee joins Municipal League co-op projects
BY ED COLLINS Special to The News-Sun January 8, 2013 6:50PM
Updated: February 10, 2013 5:54PM
The Gurnee Village Board approved an intergovernmental agreement Monday night with the Lake County Municipal League to join a cooperative effort between the League and its member communities to pool various mutual public works projects for the purpose of saving costs.
Village Engineer Scott Drabicki said examples of mutual cooperation could include tree trimming/removal, street crack sealing, street sweeping, sewer maintenance and pavement striping.
“Under similar agreements of this type we received modest cost savings,” he said.
In response to questions from village trustees, Drabicki said the village would have control over which projects they wish to participate in and how much they would pay to contractors for the service.
He said as budgets for the coming year are prepared, staff will evaluate the village’s needs in comparison with the League’s cooperative programs to obtain the best deal.
The board also quickly approved an easement with the Gurnee Park District to install fiber optic communications cable between Fire Station No. 1 and the Public Works facility. Staff has selected an undisturbed route through the park district’s soccer fields, avoiding possible utility digs such as water or gas main repairs which might jeopardize the cable.
In exchange, for the district’s cooperation, the village will grant them blanket easement over vacant land north of Fire Station No. 1 to allow them to create a mulch pedestrian path. The board’s next meeting is Jan. 28.