Sidney plans for infrastructure repairs

Sidney plans for infrastructure repairs

SIDNEY — Sidney officials have made plans for two infrastructure repair projects with a total cost of over $50,000.

Supervisor of Operations Earl Bennett had estimated last month that it would cost $8,500 to repair a collapsed drainage tile in a Victory Street resident's yard and to run it to a catch basin. However, after studying the situation, engineer Joe Pisula of Donohue and Associates in Champaign proposed running a drainage tile to a creek, which would also require materials like riprap, grout, oil and chip, Bennett said.

Bennett said engineering fees on the project would be $6,920 and that the total cost of the project would be $19,920.

Trustee Mark Catron supported "doing it the right way with the engineer."

The other project involves the repair of a 6-inch water main on South Scarborough Street. Bennett said lead joints are creating problems and noted that last year it had two breaks in February.

"Every time that breaks it's costing us $400 in fittings," Catron said.

Bennett said engineering fees on the Scarborough Street project would be $7,300, and the cost of materials — including two fire hydrants — would be $25,000.

Catron said there was not enough money in the water fund to pay for the repairs.

The board voted to pay $10,000 out of the water fund and to borrow the rest of the money from the general fund.

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