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Sycamore approves storm sewer upgrade

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – A new storm sewer will replace a deteriorating one in Sycamore in the coming weeks. 

On Monday, the Sycamore City Council unanimously approved plans to install a storm sewer from May Street to Ellen Street.

Last year, Suter Company Inc., a food-processing company, announced plans to expand its May Street facility. The city’s Building and Engineering Department recommended replacing the storm sewer system while Suter Company’s expansion project was underway, said Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory. 

“We know the existing underground storm line is both undersized and is deteriorating to the point where it’s actually started to collapse,” Gregory said.

The stormwater on May Street currently drains from Exchange Street to an inlet in front of Suter Company’s building. The stormwater then goes underground where it connects with Martin’s Ditch, which runs north of Sycamore. The installation of the new sewer would cost between $15,000 and $20,000, Gregory said. 

Ozinga Brothers Inc., previously owned by Floit Sand and Gravel Inc., has agreed to provide access on their property at the south end of May Street. Suter Company’s expansion project is progressing and the easement would allow the city to install another storm line, Gregory said.

Area residents interested in viewing the schematic for the storm sewer access easement can view it at the Sycamore Center at 308 W. State Street. 

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