White Pigeon tables action on snowplow contract with township

WHITE PIGEON — The White Pigeon Village Council is looking to do make a couple financial tweaks to a snowplow contract with White Pigeon Township.

During their meeting Wednesday, July 20, the council tabled action on a contract with the township for the village to provide snowplowing services to the township, due to wanting to adjust the costs before it’s presented.

Currently, the village receives $5,000 from the township per year for snowplowing services at the fire station/township hall and cemetery, with the price the same as how much the township charges the village for fire protection services. Village President Tyler Royce said rates for fire protection have gone up “drastically” based on a contract for the service presented to them, with prices for snowplowing not adjusting in a while.

Council members noted that “all costs are going up,” and that any snowplowing contract needs to have an increased price as well.

“If they want us to do a contract, it’s going to be more than $5,000,” trustee Jeff Wagaman Jr. said.

Royce suggested “going back to them with a number and letting them tell us no,” with trustee John Gentry suggesting that the contract amount be at least doubled to $10,000, with Wagaman responding that “isn’t enough,” suggesting either $20,000 or $25,000.

Ultimately, the board settled on sending the contract back to ask for $20,000 from the township for the snowplowing service.

“We’ll see how they respond,” Royce said.

In other business…

  • Josh Wyman from engineering firm Jones Petrie Rafinski gave an update on the village’s ongoing water project. He said there would soon be bids collected and opened for lead service line replacement, with bid opening occurring on Aug. 3 and pre-bid meetings occurring this week. The village council is expected to consider the contract documents at its next meeting in August. As for funding, he said the application for a USDA loan is “99 percent complete,” and will only need a couple more reports.
  • The council approved the U.S. 12 garage sales to occur on Aug. 12-14.
  • When asked by a citizen during public comment, Royce said he would “make it a point in the next couple of days” to order a new slide for Depot Park.
  • The council, per a citizen request, held a brief moment of silence to remember former Tasty Nut Shop owner Marjorie Hamminga, who passed away last week.

Robert Tomlinson can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 22 or robert@threeriversnews.com.

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