EDMORE — The Edmore Village Council has finally decided on hiring a snowplowing company, but the agreement is far from unanimous.
Council members previously discussed snowplow bids from Johnsons Seasonal Care in Edmore and Moore’s Landscaping in Edmore at the Oct. 14 council meeting. The bid amounts were the same.
Village Manager Neil Rankin recommended hiring Johnsons to snowplow the village parking lots outside of Lucky’s bar and the Phenix bar. Rankin recommended Johnsons over Moore’s as the village has had issues with Moore’s services in the past. Moore’s also failed to include a certificate of liability in their original bid to the village.
A motion to award the contract to Johnsons tied with a 3-3 vote at the Oct. 14 meeting, so the motion died.
The council revisited the issue at the Nov. 11 meeting, revisiting the updated bids from Johnsons and Moore’s, as well as a new bid from Greenleaf in Grand Rapids. The bids from Johnsons and Moore’s were for the same price again.
Rankin again recommended the council hire Johnsons, noting Johnsons offered the village a 10 percent discount off the first plowing of the season.
“It seems like they really do want to do business with us,” Rankin said.
The council voted 4-3 to hire Johnsons.
Councilmembers Bonnie Ashbaugh, Karen Deja, Jerry Rasmussen and Art Schuitema voted “yes” while Village President Chet Guild, and councilmen Ed Adams and Chuck Burr voted “no.”
The next regular Edmore Village Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.
Also at the Nov. 11 meeting, the council:
• Heard from Dana Macklin, who voiced concern about Rich Adgate’s property not being handicap accessible even though Macklin said Adgate promised he would make the property handicap accessible when the property was rezoned. Village Manager Neil Rankin said he will look at old meeting minutes.
• Heard an update about the Farmers Market success.
• Accepted Clerk Gloria Burr’s report.
• Approved paying bills.
• Heard an update from Councilman Art Schuitema about the ordinance committee and the village’s need for an updated master plan, which is currently being worked on.
• Heard a Planning Commission update from Rankin, who reported Adgate has been appointed chairman, Brian Cooling is co-chairman and Tom Colburn is secretary. The Planning Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Curtis Building.
• Heard from Rankin about meeting with the Curtis Foundation to discuss the lease agreement.
• Approved giving DPW employee Andrew Anderson a $1 per hour pay raise retroactive back to last May. Anderson will now earn $13.90 per hour.
• Approved providing funding of up to $2,000 to the Planning Commission to update the master plan.
• Approved applying for a storm water, asset management and waste water (SAW) grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality after hearing a presentation from Bob Wilcox.
• Approved transferring Renaissance Zone designation at the Sunrise Development site from A&O Forklift Inc. to Speciality Lifting Equipment (A&O is changing its name).
• Approved hiring Daniel Wicks to work for the DPW at $12.40 per hour.
• Approved adopting a village manager’s ordinance.