by Tammy Swanson
MAPLE PARKâ€”Many municipalities are reviewing their budgets to try to reduce costs where appropriate, and Maple Park is no exception. The villageâ€™s latest budget adjustment will be reducing its village engineering expense, if possible.
“Cash reserve is minimal, cash property taxes are minimal, so we need to make the most of our money,â€ Village President Kathy Curtis said Monday.
The village has employed the same engineer for six years, Crystal Lake-based Baxter & Woodman. Village officials have sent letters of inquiry to several other engineering firms.
â€œWe’re just going out to market â€¦ We’re asking them to tell us what their rates are and how they would manage a certain project,â€ Village President Kathy Curtis said. â€œIt’s just an economic decision to go to market to make sure we’re getting our best rates.”
Prospective engineers for Maple Park should provide the village with an outline of their firm’s services as well as the cost of the services. Responsibilities of the position include attending Village Board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, as well as some Planning Commission meetings, and working on engineering for infrastructure projects including a major water-main replacement that is necessary for future commercial and residential expansion in the village.
The deadline for submitting proposals for the Village Engineer position is Tuesday, July 13. Send proposals to trustee Mark Delaney, c/o Village of Maple Park, P.O. Box 200, Maple Park, IL 60151.