Pingree water ban eased, but well fix may be delayed
By Ryan Klassy For The Courier-News September 7, 2012 1:50PM
Updated: October 10, 2012 6:22AM
PINGREE GROVE — The village has eased its outdoor watering restrictions, lifting an outright ban and allowing limited outdoor use.
The change comes as village trustees approved just over $19,000 in expenditures for the recent extraction of a damaged motor in the village’s primary water well. Initially, residents were forbidden to do any sort of outdoor watering to avoid stressing the remaining well.
Those restrictions were recently changed to allow odd/even watering between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. daily. Residents with odd-numbered addresses can water on odd-numbered days during those hours, and even-numbered addresses can water then on even-numbered days.
According to village Administrator Ken Lopez, the Texas company where the motor was sent for repairs has been experiencing a backlog that could extend what had been an expected and 8- to 10-week wait for the work. That clock started in the middle of August.
In the meantime, officials said, residents have complied with the watering restrictions and backup well continues to keep up with demand.
In other business, trustees continued an ongoing debate over who should clear snow from a public lot used by parents when dropping off and picking up students at the Cambridge Lakes Charter School.
Lopez said charter school officials chose not to follow the village’s request for the school to plow the lot or have a contractor do it.
Adjacent to the school on Wester Boulevard, the lot is on village property and remains open to the public in all seasons. Some trustees questioned whether the village could be held liable if someone slipped and hurt themselves if snow wasn’t cleared from the lot.
“Whether it’s a student, parent or teacher, if they get hurt they’re going to come to us first,” said Trustee Brian Paszkiewicz.
“I think we should plow it because it’s the right thing to do,” said village President Greg Marston. That’s what trustees decided to do, after an hour of debate.
Pat Doherty, head of public works, estimates the village cost for plowing the lot at $4,000 per year. Marston said those funds would come from the village’s general fund.
“I can see that we’re deadlocked and we can either continue to be stubborn and drive it off the edge of a cliff, or we can let up,” said Marston, who opposed the idea during discussions last year.
Marston said he feels it will be a minor financial impact and will deliver a service to parents and help with the local traffic situation.
“It wouldn’t be at the top of the priority list and they would plow it at the end of the day,” Marston added.
In his bi-weekly report, village attorney Dean Frieders commented briefly on a lawsuit pending against former village engineer Jeremy Lin and his firm, Lintech Engineering.
“Mr. Lin’s representatives have indicated an interest in immediately meeting wit the village to discuss the case and potential resolution of the case,” Frieders said. “They haven’t made any specific proposal.”
Frieders’ replied that the village has laid out its view of the matter in great detail in previous meetings and in a very detailed 25-page complaint.
“From our perspective it would have to be a listening meeting to see what kind of proposal they have, Frieders added.
Village officials are awaiting notice from Lintech on whether they would like to schedule such a meeting.
The suit accuses Lintech of overbilling by $723,000, failing to get needed state permits resulting in fines against the village and using improper piping on wastewater treatment plant project.