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Yorkville approves money to start some road patching

Yorkville has OK'd money fix potholes around town.  |  AP file photo

Yorkville has OK'd money to fix potholes around town. | AP file photo

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Updated: April 1, 2014 10:29AM

YORKVILLE — Let the patching begin.

Aldermen here this week approved a $240,250 motor fuel tax appropriation to buy hot and cold patch from the state for the purpose of patching up some of those pesky and dangerous potholes left after the snow is gone.

The maintenance appropriation actually covers the period from May 1 through April 30, 2015. It includes $12,000 for 120 tons of bituminous cold patch, and $14,000 for 200 tons of surface hot mix, all to be put toward patching the roadways.

The appropriation also includes $19,000 to be put toward new road signs, posts and hardware for those signs.

But for most of the appropriation, city officials were forced to consider the winter of 2015, while the area is still in the throes of the historic winter of 2014.

The bulk of the money — $187,500 — is going toward buying 2,500 tons of rock salt for the roadways. That is next year’s state contract purchase by the city.

In a memo to aldermen, Eric Dhuse, public works director, said he was forced to look ahead and make an “educated guess” as to what the salt will cost the city.

He said his guess was based on this year’s bid price, the mid-year inflated price cause by shortages and historic trends.

“I chose right in the middle of those prices to try and be realistic yet, conservative,” he wrote. “The last time there was a shortage, the price went high for one year, and has slowly come down to the current price of $52.40 per ton.”

His guess was $75 a ton, according to the appropriation order.

The appropriation also included $7,750 for rent the city pays for its portion of the Kendall County shared salt storage building.

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