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Government - Local

Sandwich City Council OKs plow truck purchase

The Sandwich Public Works Department will soon have another plow truck to add to its fleet of vehicles.

Council members approved the purchase of a used 2001 International 4900 plow truck from Bonnel Industries of Dixon for $33,000 during a meeting Jan. 22.

Tom Horak, director of public works and city engineer, recommended approval of the purchase.

Council members also approved hiring Rubino Engineering to do soil borings on Main Street from Center Street to Second Street at a cost of $1,500.

In addition, the firm was hired to do soil borings on Main Street from Second Street to Pleasant Avenue for a sanitary sewer project for $6,250, and to do soil borings on a water main replacement project at a cost of $8,000.

Council members also approved two items for the 2017 Sixth Street water main replacement project. One was to approve a change for an exploratory excavation to locate a water main across Duvick Avenue at a cost of $3,476 and the other was to approve a payment of $84,418 to Performance Construction and Engineering LLC of Plano.

In other business, the council hired Lori Johnson as a new employee in the police department.

Police Chief Jim Bianchi said Johnson will be working for Wendy Flowers as a support services clerk to assist in the Support Services Department. Flowers is the department supervisor.

Bianchi said Johnson was one of 108 applicants for the job and one of 21 who were interviewed for the position.

“It was a good group of applicants,” he said.

Johnson started work Jan. 22 and is going through training. She is replacing two other employees who had been working part-time in the department, Bianchi said. “This move will save the city $45,000 a year,” he said.

“We wanted someone with a background in finance and budgetary issues, which Lori has. She was employed by the Heartland Bank for 16 years,” he said.

Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Her salary will be $55,000 a year.

Johnson said her husband has a master’s degree in criminal justice and is serving in the Coast Guard. A brother is a paramedic and firefighter in Aurora, she said.

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