Sandwich Town Council votes to move forward with Street Pavement Management System – Shaw Local


Sandwich City Council approved an agreement with Engineering Enterprises Inc., of Sugar Grove, to develop a pavement management system to analyze city streets and devise a plan for their improvement at a meeting of the July 25 city council.

Council voted 4-1 in favor of the deal, with Alderman Rick Whitecotton casting the only negative vote. Alderman Rebecca Johnson was absent, and Alderman Rich Robinson served as acting mayor in Mayor Todd Latham’s absence.

At last week’s committee of the whole, Acting City of Sandwich Engineer and Project Manager at Engineering Enterprises Inc., Curt Dettmann, detailed plans for developing the system.

First, an inventory will be drawn up of the approximately 40 miles of roadway within the city limits. Next, a contracted company will laser profile the streets, detecting the cracks and determining their structural integrity, then scoring each on a scale of 0 to 100, Dettmann said.

The city will also receive a score from 0 to 100, based on the condition of the streets in the city as a whole.

With that information, Dettmann said EEI will work to develop a plan for how streets can be improved and the city’s overall street rating improved.

The scope of services provided by Dettmann and EEI will cost the city $50,000. Dettman told officials the average cost of resurfacing a street was between $500,000 and $600,000 per mile.

Dettmann said the company has previously developed similar pavement management systems for Montgomery and Yorkville, and he’s confident a system will work for Sandwich.

Dettmann asked the council to consider three options for funding the system and future road improvements: raise the sales tax, create a gas tax or through property taxes.

Alderman Fred Kreinbrink expressed concern about the cost, noting that he has been contacted by a few residents who share his concern. However, Kreinbrink said he thinks it would be the right move going forward for the city to continue with the system.

“I really like this program,” Kreinbrink said. “I think that’s really going to set the bar for where we’re going to be in the next 10 years.”

Kreinbrink said that although the money for a pavement management system was not in the budget this year due to delays in other projects, he thinks the money could be found and he would like to bring the agreement with EEI for vote at July 25 board meeting. .

Alderman Rebecca Johnson said that while she wouldn’t be at the July 25 meeting to vote, she agreed with Kreinbrink that the city should move forward with putting the system in place to avoid miss out on future grant opportunities.


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