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Hennepin Comes up With a Cheaper Plan

The Hennepin Village Board has again come up with a less expensive plan to fix the storm water drainage issues on Locust Street.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, village President Kevin Coleman said following the village’s special meeting three weeks ago, he spoke with a few people and came up with a plan that would reduce the project cost in half —from $60,000 to $30,000.

As previously reported, at the village board’s special meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, village engineer Bill Shafer introduced a project plan that would take the original project cost down from $123,351 to $60,000. His new plan included changing piping material, reducing labor costs by using village employees and eliminating some parts of the project that weren’t as pertinent.

The board voted 3-1, with board member Quentin Buffington being the lone “no” vote, to rebid and reduce the scope of the project to $60,000.

At the village board’s most recent meeting, Coleman said the new plans include using village employees and hiring a backhoe and operator to do the needed work. Coleman said the operator and equipment would cost about $150 an hour. He estimated the work would be done in three work days, which means the village would spend about $3,600 total on equipment costs.

Coleman said the village will also go to purchase materials for the project, which eliminates the need to bid the project. He said altogether, the village would only spend roughly $30,000.

He did add the project is contingent on getting an easement from one of the residents in the area to do work on their property, however Coleman said it sounded promising they would receive the easement.

Buffington said he was curious as to why that particular plan had not been explored before.

“It’s been something we’ve talked about for months and months. Now all of a sudden we’ve found a way to take a $120,000 project, split it in half to $60,000 and now to $30,000,” he said.

Coleman said the idea didn’t come forward until now, and added he thought it was a good thing to try and save the village money.

“I think that’s the process,” he said. ‘”You just keep working at it and working at it and find ways to save even more.”

Coleman said the village is waiting to hear back about the easement from the property owners. He said the village may have to meet in a special meeting to make a final approval for the project.

Source: Putnam County Record