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Sycamore Council OK’s project list

SYCAMORE – By early April, the Sycamore City Council should have bids for the largest street project – the reconstruction and widening to three lanes of a section of Bethany Road from east of Peace Road to just east of Aster Road.

Estimated to cost about $1.1 million, that project is just part of the city’s estimated $2.7 million street maintenance program discussed at Monday’s council meeting as part of the $5.2 million capital projects plan for the new fiscal year that beings May 1.

Other streets which will see some work include sections of North Avenue, Kerr Street, Archie Place, Pleasant Street, Garden Court, East High Street, East Elm Street, South Walnut Street, South Locust Street, Turner Place, East Ottawa Street, Russet Lane, Brookhill Lane, Ironwood Drive, Woodgate Drive and Oakland Drive.

City Manager Brian Gregory said the list includes a portion of Park Avenue that involves significant storm water and water system improvements. Storm water improvements are planned for this summer, with water main improvements on tap in spring 2015 and paving in summer 2015.

“A couple of the streets on the list – North Avenue being one – are cement, so we want to make sure we can get those bids awarded early,” Mayor Ken Mundy said. “Cement work is more weather dependent.”

Also on the project list is sidewalk repair and replacement, primarily on the streets receiving maintenance work. Mundy said the income from video gaming machines will fund the sidewalk program.

“It’s a new source of revenue, and we think it’s a good match for those funds,” Mundy said.

Another large expenditure, $1.5 million, will be the second phase of the sewage treatment plant expansion to include a centrifuge and excess flow chlorination.

Gregory said the plant currently treats about 3 million gallons daily, and when the expansion is complete, will be capable of treating about 4.9 million gallons daily.

Mundy said new technology has allowed for expansion of capacity without increasing the physical size of the plant.

Nearly $430,000 will be spent from sales tax distributive funds to replace what Gregory calls rolling stock – police, fire and other city vehicles.

“We have a systematic rotation to make sure our maintenance costs don’t exceed the value of the vehicle,” Gregory said. “Staff does its best to maintain vehicles.”

Gregory outlined the average lifespan of various vehicles – roughly eight years for patrol cars and 25 years for fire engines, for example.

With no discussion, alderman agreed to the outline presented by Gregory. He reminded them a budget workshop, to review the entire city budget, is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 19 in council chambers.

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