CITY OF LA SALLE: Ottawa looks for more ways to deal with flooding
City of Lasalle issued the following announcement on June 27.
OTTAWA — Members of the Ottawa City Council are looking at what can be done to prevent flooding, particularly in one area of the city.
The council officially passed an agreement recently that would hire a Springfield company to look at raising the height of Green Street. Now, floods over the street can cut off access from the east side to Ottawa Township High School. Raising its height would likely require a bridge to be built.
To help pay for the bridge, the city plans to go out for grants. City Engineer Dave Noble said, to be eligible, the city would have to prove the benefits of a bridge greatly outweigh the costs.
The city will pay Knight Engineers & Architects almost $16,000 to do the analysis.
New bid saves city $20,000 on curbs
After rejecting all bids two weeks earlier, Ottawa City Council recently voted to pay Opperman Construction of Pontiac about $194,000 for the city’s annual Curb Replacement Project. Commissioner James Less said all of the bids they had received initially were at least 15 percent more than the estimate provided by the engineer. Opperman’s offer came in at 8 percent less than estimated.
That will translate to a savings to the city of about $20,000.
New fire chief
Ottawa City Council voted to appoint Deputy Chief Andy Borkowski the fire department’s new chief. The move comes after current chief Steve Haywood announced his retirement, effective this Thursday. Borkowski has been with the Ottawa Fire Department for more than 25 years, working with the ambulance service. He was appointed deputy chief in part to supervise the growing ambulance service.
Also, the council:
Passed a resolution asking Illinois Department of Transportation for permission to fix the manholes and sewers at the corner of U.S. 6 and Route 23. The city needs permission because some is IDOT property.
Voted to spend $6,500 on a trailer, $33,000 for the wastewater department and $27,000 for a pickup truck for the public works department.
Approved a resolution to have Renwick and Associates help apply for a tornado-recovery grant involving road resurfacing. While several firms applied, Renwick was recommended in part because of the time they volunteered after the tornado helping to do calculations for different projects. Commissioner Less indicated that the roads that were impacted by the tornado would be repaired and resurfaced this fall.
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