ROCHELLE — Rochelle City Council voted to reject all bids submitted for a major sanitary sewer project and instead will rebid the project to incorporate a more affordable technique.
Adam Lanning, Supt. of Water/Water Reclamation, addressed council Monday evening to explain there is a less expensive option to line the 4,000 feet of sanitary sewer in the Meadowbrook area. This includes Sunnymeade, Springdale, part of Fairview, and Short Court.
The city had been awarded a development block grant from the Ill. Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for nearly $285,000 based on back ups occurring in basements, along with income levels and bypass pumping amounts.
The city is required to provide $88,680 as part of the grant requirements and has $100,000 budgeted.
The first round of bids last month ranged from $418,800 to just over $500,000.
“This project is a critical component of a larger sewer rehabilitation program in that area in an attempt to stop frequent flooding occurrences and basement backups,” Lanning said. “The major cost discrepancy on this bid was the partial lining of the sewer laterals since the cost estimate from the manufacturer was not correct when we originally estimated the cost. There is another, more affordable method, to address the sewer lateral rehabilitation that should keep the project within budget.”
Council also voted to begin rehabbing sewer manholes around the city. Rochelle owns and maintains over 1,400 sanitary sewer manholes, with a large portion of those needing rehabilitation to prevent collapsing and groundwater infiltration.
Lanning explained that there would not need to be any road openings when lining the manhole with the plastic liner. Council approved the measure to waive any competitive bidding requirements and awarded LMK Technologies, LLC the contract in the amount of $50,907.
Lastly, council approved a motion to authorize negotiations for a contract with Hanson Engineering and Professional Services for the construction phase of Project Co-op, the city’s freight rail expansion project.