Westville expands sidewalk project
WESTVILLE — Village officials modified an agreement with a contractor this week to expand the replacement of sidewalks and curbs along West Street from a one-year project to a two-year project.
On Sept. 10, village board members voted to have J.C. Richardson of Allerton replace about 1,600 square feet of concrete sidewalks, about 280 square feet of concrete curbs and gutters, and two sidewalk curb ramps along both sides of West Street between Short and Williams streets, for about $19,000.
But Mayor Mike Weese said the sidewalk replacement would be piecemeal, and that it would be easier, more efficient and better to replace the entire sidewalk.
So, the board modified the agreement so that Richardson will replace the entire sidewalk on both sides of the street this year — instead of just the damaged or uneven portions — and will patch the worst spots in the curbing this year. The board will have the curbs along the street replaced next year.
In other business, board members discussed possibly selling some underused village equipment.
Board member Don Hall singled out an oversized four-door pickup truck with a shallow dump bed and a track-hoe that were purchased and used last year, but have not been used much in recent months.
Board member Darin Troglia said the equipment was a good investment, and was used in sidewalk work, clearing drainage ditches and repairing a sewer problem on Jules Street last year. Troglia said that if the equipment is not used much any more, then selling it might make sense.