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Repair it or buy another one?

Tiskilwa looks at tractor/backhoe problem

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:33 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:36 p.m. CST

TISKILWA — Tiskilwa Village Board members Tuesday discussed whether to spend money on the village’s tractor/backhoe versus trying to buy another one.

Trustee David Wright said he looked at one tractor that had 9,600 hours on it; the owner wanted $26,000 for it. Wright said the village’s current tractor only has 6,200 hours on it, and it needs some maintenance and tires.

Philhower said he knows the village’s tractor is more than 20 years old while Wright said it would cost $6,000 to $7,000 to put four tires on the tractor. Philhower said the village has had some expensive repairs done on the existing tractor the last few years.

Wright will talk with the mechanic who has fixed the village’s tractor to determine whether it should be kept or the village should buy another tractor/backhoe.

Trustee Gene Gustafson said some railings on existing bridges in town need to be replaced, especially along Owens and Arch streets. Philhower asked Gustafson to come up with a plan to address this issue. Some of the bridges aren’t wide enough to be considered bridges by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and no guardrails can be placed because they are too narrow, the mayor said.

Board members accepted the low bid of LaPorte Mowing of Princeton to mow the village’s two parks at $75 each week or as needed due to weather conditions. Other bids were received from Kernan Lawn Service for $78 and John’s TLC for $130 for both parks.

Trustees also agreed to pursue the price for placing wheelchair access ramps on curb and guttered streets in town after a resident has offered to make a donation to pay a portion of the costs of this work. Philhower estimated there are 12 to 14 ramps that need to be done on Washington, Brewster and Main streets. He estimated the total cost for this work would be $10,000 to $12,000. He will talk with the gentlemen who feels he can get other village residents to donate funds for this project. Philhower said the village needs to find out how much money to budget for this work in next year’s fiscal year budget.

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