DEPUE – The DePue Village Board has approved an intergovernmental agreement with Selby Township.
The agreement gives the village and township legal rights to work together, share equipment and man power, and help maintain each others roads.
DePue Mayor Eric Bryant confirmed the village and township has never had a written agreement.
“It will save both of us time and expenses,” he said. “We’re using our equipment on their roads and they are using their equipment on our roads.”
Bryant said the legal agreement is important to have on file and will lay out legal understandings on issues such as who is responsible for covering the insurance in cases where an employee is injured while on the job. For example, If a township employee is injured on village streets, the agreement will clearly state the township will cover the insurance of its employee although the employee was working within village limits.
Bryant gave a couple examples of how the agreement will benefit both parties.
“(The township) has certain equipment for gravel roads, like a grater, we own a gravel road and don’t have that equipment to take care of it,” he said. “The agreement will allow (the township) to maintain the road and DePue will pay for the materials.”
Also in the winter, since the township’s plows have to drive through the village to get to the township roads, the agreement will now allow them to drop their plow and clear the snow on the roads that lead out of the village.
Bryant said with the agreement, if the township breaks a plow on the village’s road, it will be on the township to fix their equipment. If the equipment breaks up the village’s asphalt while plowing, it will be on the village to fix the pavement.
DePue Village Attorney Jacob Frost confirmed that either party can back out of the agreement at any time given a 60-day notice under a reason or no reason basis.
The township will meet today, Thursday, to approve their end of the intergovernmental agreement.
In other news, the board:
• Approved to renew a three-year contract with Hap Industry at the cost of $968 per year for Christmas decorations.
• Approved to hire Starline Construction of Ladd to take down a house, haul it away, back fill and pay taxes to the property at 117 Lake St.
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