Kane council gambles on another mild winter

The Kane Borough Council is looking ahead to another mild winter.Instead of buying 1,000 tons of anti-skid material to spread on icy borough streets in the winter, council voted 5-1 Monday to seek new bids for just 500 tons of the tiny pebbles.Council is gambling that the 500 tons—plus the stone left over from this year—will be sufficient for road maintenance next winter.Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwoman Holly Harris and Councilmen Harold Hallberg, Dennis Drost and John Gentilman to seek bids for 500 tons of anti-skid material. Councilwoman Janet Bard cast the lone negative vote. Councilman Bill Tunall did not attend the meeting.Earlier in the meeting, Bard made a motion to accept a low bid of $12.50 per ton from IA Construction of Franklin for 1,000 tons of anti-skid material. The motion died for lack of a second.“We don’t need a thousand tons,” Gentilman said in his motion to reject the IA bid. Council voted 4-2 to reject the bid with Bard and Kane casting the lone votes to approve the motion.Prior to the anti-skid votes, Jean Swanson of 323 Kearney St. said the borough “didn’t use much this year” and shouldn’t be “hoarding it.” She advised council to “set money aside” and buy additional anti-skid only “if needed.”Council acted on the amount of anti-skid to buy without first consulting Mike Beane, foreman of the borough Streets Department.A knowledgeable source, who declined to be identified, said the borough could be in a pickle if normal snowy conditions return next winter.The source said Kane very well could run out of anti-skid material before the end of winter and might find difficulty—or a steep price—in obtaining a supply.See full article by purchasing the May 17 edition of The Kane Republican.Kane Borough Council When:  Tuesday, June 5 Time:  4 p.m. Where: Borough Building, Bayard Street