HINCKLEY TWP. — Advantage Facility Source will now plow township roads, a much-needed contract service that will more than come in handy this weekend when a severe storm is slated to hit the region.
Township trustees have been working on a new plan for how to handle snow-covered roads this winter after not receiving any bids for its snow removal contract. Trustees elected to go out to bid after receiving complaints from residents about the company that was plowing roads in Hinckley last year, NEO Landscape Management.
“They are experienced,” Trustee Jim Burns said of Advantage. “They do all of Granger Township … they do two other communities that are townships.”
Advantage will plow the roads in the northwest part of the township and township employees will be do the rest.
Burns has previously said that there are township employees certified to plow the roads, but currently the township only has three trucks.
According to the contract, Advantage will be paid $65 per hour for its larger trucks and $55 per hour for smaller trucks.
The northwest part of the township takes approximately three to four hours to plow. Therefore, it could cost up to $260 per push, according to Burns.
Cost figures for the former contract with NEO Landscape were not available.
Hinckley has 43 miles of road it maintains each winter.
The contract comes as the National Weather Service is forecasting the chance for snow, heavy at times, through Sunday.
Snow is likely both today and Friday in some areas, but radar maps are currently seeing snow as a 100 percent possibility early Saturday into late Sunday with snow accumulation totals of up to 6 inches or more in some parts of the area.
It will be a cold, blustery weekend, according to forecasts.
In other business
Trustees approved money for the police department to purchase equipment.
Eight LED lights and mounts for police vehicles will be purchased through Optics Planet Inc. for $800.
In addition, $27,210 was approved to purchase five new custom signal car cameras as well as $2,625 for installation.