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Council approves sewer bid

The Fairbury City Council approved Iroquois Paving Corporation for the First to Fourth Street sewer extension project.

Iroquois Paving was the low bidder at $348,673.01. Farnsworth Group explained in a letter that the company is qualified and experienced for the specified scope of work. The company has G.A. Rich listed as a subcontractor and will use them for deflection and pressure testing of the sewer only after it is installed. Iroquois Paving will perform all of the sewer installation and paving.

“There is a huge difference between the low and high (bid),” said Mayor David Slagel.

Other bids came from Opperman Construction Company for $371,711; SNC Construction for $552,572.36 and G.A. Rich & Sons Inc. for $709,901.

“This is the project we have the $300,000 award for,” explained City Superintendent Brett Ashburn.

Also at Wednesday’s regular meeting, the Fairbury City Council re-appointed Ruth Teubel, Jim Paternoster and Jan Lancaster to succeed themselves as trustees of Dominy Memorial Library. Dan Robertson was appointed to fill the expiring term of Mark Taylor.

City leaders approved a charge to the city in the amount of $600 for the disc golf course. Ashburn reported there were unexpected costs from original estimates as prices for the baskets and steel have gone up.

“The pads are here and everything,” said Mayor Slagel.

“I think it will be an asset to the park,” added Alderman Gary Norris.

Ordinances amending water and sewer rates and minimum gallons used were approved. This is the automatic increase which was already voted on before.

The final pay request of $166,446.38 was authorized for wastewater treatment plant improvements through the Illinois Water Revolving Loan Fund.

During comments, Water Superintendent Mike Mellott said the city is about half done flushing hydrants and Ashburn reported volunteers from the Building Future Leaders program will be painting city picnic tables. Alderman Jon Kinate complimented the appearance of flowers downtown.

The council approved the consent agenda as well, which included minutes from the June 2 meeting, voucher invoice register listing the bills, treasurer’s cash report, check register and overtime report.

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