Arlington Heights is installing high-tech weather sensors at two locations in the village.
"You can't simply tell (the weather conditions) by looking out the window," said Mike Reynolds, the village's superintendent of maintenance. "We're trying to get another set of eyes using this automated system."
The village board on Monday approved the lowest bid -- a $61,150 contract with Woodridge-based Traffic Control, Corp. -- for the Road Weather Information System and anti-icing upgrades.
The sensors will offer weather data including pavement and air temperature, wind speed and direction and whether pavement conditions are wet, dry or icy, officials said.
It will be installed at New Wilke Road and White Oak Street in the southwest part of village, and at Windsor Drive and Valley Lane on the northeast side. The sensors will be discreet at the village-owned intersections, Reynolds said.
Village Manager Bill Dixon said the system is unlikely to be in place for use this winter season, but that it will ultimately help the village to manage resources.
Road conditions on the north end of town can differ from the southern part of the 8-mile-long village, Reynolds said. With 200 miles of roadway, the technology will help the village to efficiently and appropriately dispatch plows, salt trucks and other road workers.
If all goes well, the village intends to buy two more sensors for southeast and northwest locations in the next few years, Dixon said.
Last year, the village tried to start the program by buying one sensor. The cost of the bids were too expensive, so the village stepped back and rolled last year's budget for the system into the current budget. Dixon said buying two at a time got the village a better, more affordable deal.
"This is another tool in our ongoing effort to perform more efficient snow and ice control and keep the streets as safe as we can," Reynolds said.
Also at the Monday meeting, the village board approved an ordinance change so that swimming pool fences no longer have to be 5 feet tall.
The residential code previously required a fence around an outdoor pool to be 60 inches tall, but the village is eliminating the requirement so that fences can be at 4 feet tall. The change puts the village in line with state and international codes, officials said.