by Susan Oâ€™Neill
Village awards roadway lighting contract
The Village Board awarded a bid for construction of roadway lighting for Municipal Drive and Galena Boulevard extensions to Wheaton-based Thome Electric, Inc. The company’s bid came in at $110,000 less than Engineering Enterprise Inc.’s estimate of $215,000.
Director of Public Works Tony Speciale said he thought the savings was due to the competitive market. For a job that typically brings in three to five bids, Speciale said the village received 21 bids.
Construction is expected to be completed in July.
Village awards water main bid
The Village Board awarded a bid for construction of the Route 47 and Wheeler Road water main improvements to Yorkville-based H. Linden & Sons Sewer and Water, Inc. The cost came in at $890,000, approximately $350,000 lower than EEI’s estimate. Construction is expected to be complete by June 1.
The savings were realized from the amount the village expected to pay when the initial bids went out in August 2008. At that time, the easements needed to accomplish the job had not been obtained. Village President Sean Michels said the lower cost is the result of the current competitive market.
Michels recommended using the $350,000 in savings for water improvements elsewhere in the village. Two projects he mentioned were connecting the water main from Prairie Glen to Dugan Woods and from Settler’s Ridge to Mallard Point.
Update on Mallard Point study
Director of Public Works Tony Speciale told Mallard Point residents on Tuesday that Trotter & Associates is about one-half to three-quarters through the initial inspection phase of the flooding problems in their subdivision.
Speciale said the Village Board should receive a report during the first week of March on what he finds. He clarified that the 21 days allotted for the project mean 21 business days, for a total of four, not three weeks, as residents had initially thought.
Village approves easement for middle school water main
The Village Board authorized an easement agreement between the village, GG Stavros Harter and the Kaneland School District for constructing a water main out to the Kaneland Middle School on Harter Road. This is the fifth parcel for which an easement was required.
Village adopts updated codes
The Village Board adopted certain updated mechanical, fuel gas, property maintenance, electrical, plumbing building, energy and residential codes. According to Community Development Director Rich Young, the codes are in line with Sugar Grove’s Fox Valley neighbors, and the goal is to standardize them throughout Kane County.