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Shorewood approves 2014 street repair, new water tower

Brock A. Stein | 1/15/2014, 10:11 p.m.
Shorewood public works crews are already making plans for street repairs once the snow has melted and the ice has ...
Shorewood water tower on Black Road Photo by Brock A. Stein

Shorewood public works crews are already making plans for street repairs once the snow has melted and the ice has receded in the spring.

Village trustees approved a plan this week to spend up to $500,000 in Motor Fuel Tax funds for road resurfacing this year.

Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds come from a tax placed on the sale of gasoline in the village that can be used for road repair and upkeep. The 2014 work will include removal of the old road surface as well as some curb and sidewalk repair according to village documents.

Bryan Welch of Christopher B. Burke Engineering, the firm that is handling the design and bid process, said the half million dollar price tag is set high to give the project room to include as many streets as possible in the event of favorable bids for the work. Depending on the bids, some of the streets may not be included he said.

"We can always take things off the list we can't put streets back on once we give it to IDOT," said Welch who noted that the final cost would most likely fall under $500,000.

Cost of the design and engineering fees will total $75,000.

The streets to be resurfaced will include: portions of Cambridge Lane; Berkeley, Bristol, Hampton, Chartwell and Regency Courts; Buckingham Place; Ranchwood Drive; Chartwell Trace; Abbeywood Drive; Olde Ivey Road; and Caprice Drive.

The village is also planning to re-bid a project for a proposed new water tower on Mound Road.

The village originally sent the project out for bid late last year but received only one proposal which was rejected by trustees.

Under the rebid plan, the village is asking for proposals on two tank designs one for an all-steel spheroid tank, and one for a composite tank constructed of steel and concrete.

Engineering costs from Christopher B. Burke for the rebid process will total $27,500.

The village has already spent $93,000 for engineering and design work for the proposed $3.6 million dollar project which will be paid for through a 20-year Illinois Environmental Protection Agency low-interest loan.

The new tower is needed to insure that the village has enough water stored above ground for use by residents and businesses. The expanded capacity will also ensure enough water supply to accommodate new business and home construction. Last year, the village was reaching that capacity with the two tanks it maintains which hold about 2.5 million gallons.

The new tank will add another 1.5 million gallons of storage capacity.

The village commissioned a water study in 2012 to look at requirements needed to maintain the water delivery infrastructure for residents and businesses.

As a result of the study, the village implemented a $6 capital improvement fee on residents' water bills in April last year to help pay for the upgrades to the water system.

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