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Sycamore City Council to consider bid to repair library windows

Sycamore City Council will consider a recommendation to accept a $69,505 bid to improve the 113-year-old windows in Sycamore Public Library's Carnegie section.
Sycamore City Council will consider a recommendation to accept a $69,505 bid to improve the 113-year-old windows in Sycamore Public Library's Carnegie section.

SYCAMORE – Sycamore City Council will consider a Sycamore Library Board recommendation to award a bid of about $70,000 to Restoric LLC, a Chicago-based building restoration service, to repair the building's historic windows.

The council will meet to discuss the recommendation at 7 p.m. Monday inside the council chambers at the Sycamore Center, 308 W. State St., Sycamore.

The city received a $75,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in November to restore the historic windows in the Carnegie section of the library, 103 E. State St,, the agenda states.

In 2002, the library started to repair, or replace, windows that are thought to be 113 years old. Efforts then only allowed $27,000 of the estimated $129,000 cost to be completed, the agenda states.

The Sycamore Library Board wants to address the repair or replacement of the windows because the project will improve efficiency, allow additional use of the space and help weatherize and preserve the building.

The board put the project out for bid in December, but received no bids. The library has since waived the bidding requirements and directly asked for bids from different vendors.

City Manager Brian Gregory said the Library Board made the recommendation.

The project, if approved, is expected to be finished by June 30.

The council also will consider a Public Works Department recommendation to execute an agreement with Commonwealth Edison for a $24,8000 upgrade to the electrical service to the Sycamore Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Sycamore received a quote and a contract from the utility company to install upgraded service to the plant, 501 N. Cross St., Sycamore, which is next to Sycamore Lake Rotary Park.

The project anticipated the need for the upgraded service. City staff recommends the city make the agreement with ComEd and use its funds on hand rather than using it as part of the project and loan proceeds.