White Pigeon approves contract with township for snowplowing

WHITE PIGEON — White Pigeon will once again be handling the snowplowing duties at White Pigeon Township’s hall, approving a new contract for this winter at their meeting Wednesday.

The new agreement between White Pigeon and White Pigeon Township is for $9,000, up from last year’s approximately $5,000 contract.

Originally, according to minutes of their September meeting, the village requested a $15,000 contract with the township, up by $10,000 from the previous year. However, that was reduced to $9,000 by the time it was approved Wednesday.

“We’ve had an agreement with the township for a long time to maintain the township hall, we do our snowplowing out there and plow their fire station,” Village Council President Tyler Royce said in an interview after the meeting. “With the increase in everything in the past year, the contract was $5,000, and they doubled our price for the fire contract this year because of inflation, so we wanted to revisit the price we were doing it for.”

Royce said the initial proposal for $15,000 was done because of the increase in the contract with the White Pigeon Fire Department, and the reduction to $9,000 was settled outside of the meeting between the township and the village.

“We’re comfortable with the $9,000,” Royce said.

The vote to approve the contract was a slim 3-2 margin, with Jeff Wagaman Jr. and Theresa Hackman dissenting. Wagaman said during discussion that given the increase in the fire department contract, he believed “we were cheap at $15,000.” Chad Carpenter from the village’s Department of Public Services said, however, he would also be comfortable with the $9,000 contract.

“It’s about $3,000 in new equipment every single year for the plows, fuel and labor probably,” Carpenter said. “I’m very comfortable with $9,000.”

Royce said during the meeting he wasn’t happy with the reduction, but it was an “extra” $9,000 a year for the village.

In other business…

  • Two new councilmembers elected on Nov. 8, Daniel Carr and Melvin Hostetler, were introduced to those in attendance. Their first meeting will be in December.
  • The council approved a $50 Christmas bonus for part-time employees and $100 for full-time employees.
  • Hackman told councilmembers she was working on pursuing a farmer’s market for the village, as well as an ordinance addressing rental housing in the area. She said she would bring a potential ordinance to a future meeting of the council.

Robert Tomlinson can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 22 or robert@threeriversnews.com.

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