Bids come in high for Loda storm sewer project

The Loda Village Board accepted the lowest bid it received to improve its storm sewer system. But that bid and the other three the village received were all higher than budgeted and estimated.

Engineer Tom Overmyer said the village had budgeted $260,348 and he estimated the work would cost $241,560.

Meuser Construction of Paxton, the low bidder, will do the work for $273,470.

The village received the money for the work as a grant when Iroquois County was declared a disaster area in January 2008 after extensive flooding in the county. Overmyer told the board he talked with the state office that administers the grant and he was assured there are excess funds to cover Loda's project as well as money for contingency expenses.

Overmyer also recommended making some changes to the plan for the project, such as reducing the diameter of the sewer pipe to 30 inches from 36 and stipulating small boring sizes under U.S. 45. He said he will tweak the plan so resident Jerry McCreary's basement flooding won't worsen after the improvements.

The board also passed its annual appropriations ordinance. Treasurer Joyce Gharst said she estimates spending to be $530,300 but income to be $521,100, leaving a $9,000 deficit. The deficit was lowered when the board agreed to remove $8,000 to purchase a road grader and $2,200 from the street maintenance supply fund.

Also, Mayor Ron Dudley could not reappoint McCreary to the board to fill a vacant seat. Former trustee Greg Eckley still has not filed a letter of resignation and Dudley appointed McCreary to the board in error last month.

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