Drainage bids above estimates in Loda

Drainage bids above estimates in Loda

The Loda Village Board will discuss drainage work bids, all higher than budgeted and estimated, at its regular meeting Wednesday.

The trustees met Tuesday in special session and opened bids for drainage work budgeted at $260,348 and estimated by engineer Tom Overmyer to cost $241,560. The village received the money for the work as a grant from the federal government when Iroquois County was declared a disaster area in January 2008 after extensive flooding.

Low bidder was Meuser Excavation of Paxton at $273,470. Next was Iroquois Paving at $286,187. Schomburg & Schomburg of Danville bid $337,971 and Cross Construction of Urbana $370,685.

Overmyer said the board can cut back the scope of the project or perhaps rebid it. Resident Jerry McCreary said he gets water in his basement now and fears the project will make that problem worse. He wondered aloud if he should file suit against Overmyer or the construction company picked for the work when the basement flooding worsens.

Overmyer told McCreary he will be happy to come to his home and look over his concerns.

Mayor Ron Dudley appointed McCreary to the board last month to fill a vacant seat. But it appears Greg Eckley did not file a letter of resignation and McCreary's appointment will have to be redone.

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