Budget-minded Bridgeview

Budget-minded Bridgeview

Village saves big bucks buying used backhoe

By Steve Metsch

The Bridgeview Village Board was in a budget-minded mood at its most recent meeting.

The board unanimously approved purchasing a used backhoe at considerable savings.

Bridgeview has agreed to pay the South Stickney Sanitary District $20,000 for a used backhoe. Trustee James Cecott said the 2006 New Holland backhoe loader has four-wheel drive.

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“It’s a nice machine, well-worth the money,” Cecott told the board before it voted on Oct. 17.

South Stickney was going to trade it in for some new equipment from Martin Implement, and Bridgeview is paying the trade-in price that was offered, Cecott said after the meeting.

“That’s a beautiful deal. These are $100,000 machines. It’s a 2006, but it probably has a lot of hours left on it,” he said. “

Bridgeview bought a new backhoe earlier this year, and has an older one in use, too

“The old one that we use for repairing water mains and that is just about on its last leg. Every time we look at it, something breaks. We came across this one by accident, we sent a guy over to look at it. It’s a good deal,” Cecott said.

American Flag. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

American Flag. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

In other business, the board approved a re-subdivision of an industrial lot at 7400 West 100thPlace.

“What’s the point of breaking it into two pieces? Right now there’s an industrial building and a big parking lot on that property,” Cecott asked about the property.

Village attorney Vincent Cainkar explained that in order to get a reclassification from the Cook County Assessor’s office, like a Class 6B, a re-subdivision is needed.

The Timbor Company is on the property, Cecott said.

“Part of the building is not being used and he wants a tax break on it. A Class 6B is for piece of property or building that hasn’t been used for two years. In order to do that, they need their own (property) tax number,” Cecott said.

The board also approved a front yard setback variation to allow construction of a single-family home at 8554 S. 77thCourt. The setback is going from 30 feet to just over 13 feet.

“There used to be an old house on that corner with cinderblocks. They knocked the house down. They want to put up a new house,” Trustee Claudette Struzik said.

The board next meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

 

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Steve Metsch

Steve Metsch is an award winning veteran reporter who previously worked for the Daily Southtown Newspapers, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Metsch is a writer and editor at the Southwest News Newspaper group based in suburban Chicago, and a freelance writer for a financial newsletter, a health magazine and the Naperville Sun.
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