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SV Council approves new bidder for tree clearing project

Aldermen question large difference in bid prices

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 3:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 3:36 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — The bids for the tree clearing project, needed before the construction of an access road to Spring Valley’s west sewer interceptor, were presented at Monday’s council meeting.

The two bidders on the project included Homer Tree Service of Lockport, with a bid price of $38,500, and Shearer Tree Service of Spring Valley, with a bid price of $80,000.

City engineer Larry Good’s recommendation to the council was to go with the lowest bid. He confirmed Homer Tree Service has a significant amount of equipment and experience.

Aldermen unanimously voted to accept the lowest bid with Homer Tree Service, however questioned the large gap between bid prices.

Alderman Dave Pellegrini asked if there was any detail provided in the bids, because there was such a significant difference.

“If there’s a clear scope of the project, how can we have such a difference,” he asked.

Good said he asked a representative from Homer Tree Service about the cost difference, and he thought, because the company was more “mechanized” and could get in and do the project at a quicker rate, could be the reason for the lower bid price.

Aldermen questioned the removal of debris, and whether it would be removed from the site when the project took place.

“Anything that’s in the area they’re clearing is required to be removed,” Good confirmed.

Scott Shearer of Shearer Tree Service had previous bid on the tree clearing project under Mayor Cliff Banks, with a bid price of $19,000. He was present at the council’s Nov. 11 meeting, and it was discovered the tree clearing project he had bid on under Banks was a completely different scope of work than what is currently being planned.

In other news, the council:

• Congratulated Spring Valley Police Officer Sarah Kinkin, who was promoted to full-time officer at Monday’s meeting. Kinkin was born and raised in Spring Valley and is a graduate of Bradley University. She has worked part-time for Spring Valley Police Department since 2011. Police chief Kevin Sangston said Kinkin has done a great job and brings a high-skilled level to the department.

• Approved a $450 donation to Illinois Valley Public Action to Deliver (IVPADS) shelter.

• Approved an ordinance that will make the intersection at Cleveland and Richards streets a four-way stop.

• Approved the purchase of new computers for the city clerk’s office. Mayor Walt Marini confirmed the current computers are outdated, and becoming a burden on the daily jobs within the city clerk’s office.

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