Plano City Council members approved an agreement March 26 to lease land as a site for the city to dispose of brush, branches and trees they removal from residents parkways. The agreement says the city will lease the space known as the Zink farm from Donald and Patricia Brummel for $4,000 per year.
According to the agreement, the materials will be burned on the site, but only brush and trees can be brought there. It says the materials are ones the city will collect during its city wide brush collection periods, city wide tree removal and emergency tree removal. City employees and contractors hired by the city will bring materials to the site, the agreement says.
Alderman Barbara Nadeau noted that the cost to the city last year was only $2,000 compared to this year’s $4,000 and asked why.
City Attorney Tom Grant said he had talked to the Brummel’s and was told that the amount of materials brought in last year was about twice the amount they had expected.
The dumping and burning will take place Monday through Friday of each week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., the agreement says. The agreement expires on April 31, 2022.
In other business, the council approved the hiring of a part-time property maintenance-residential building inspector. The council hired Jeff Sobotka to fill the position on recommendation of Tom Karpas, director of building, planning and zoning.
Karpas said Sobotka will be paid $29 per hour at the start. He will receive a 50 cent an hour increase after he obtains his ICC property maintenance certificate and an additional 50 cents an hour after he obtains his ICC residential inspector certification. Sobokta began work with the city April 2.
Several dozen children accompanied by parents, participated in the recent Biz Bunny Hop, Rich Healy, director of the Plano Area Chamber of Commerce, told the council. The chamber sponsored the event. Healy said 14 businesses participated this year compared to only six last year.
“Last year the weather was beautiful while it was chilly this year and we still had a better turnout,” he said.
The children could get items for their baskets by visiting the businesses, he said. And according to forms they filled out for a prize, about half were from Plano with the others from Yorkville, Oswego, Montgomery, Sandwich, Earlville and even Shorewood, Healy said.
He said the children lined the walls at Arts on Fire where they were able to color ceramic Easter eggs.
Healy noted that many of the visitors had meals in Plano restaurants and stayed to shop after the children’s events.
“These people had fun and they will tell others which should attract more people to Plano next Easter,” Healy said.