Litchfield Approves Pay Requests For Big Projects

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Several big ticket items were in front of the Litchfield City Council on Thursday, June 6, as the aldermen voted on motions for payment of three large projects in the city.

After accepting the May 16 meeting minutes and the motion to transfer funds and pay bills, the council, minus David Hollo, who was absent, approved a motion to accept pay request #1 from Gelly Excavating and Construction in the amount of $85,123.80 for work on the I-55 commerce park.

Gelly's bid of $4,421,151 was accepted in April and work has been underway on the west side of the interstate, with hopes that the new area will push economic development in the city even further.

The council also approved the first payment application to Tecorp, Inc., for painting the north water tower. Tecorp won the bid in June of 2018 for the project, which will cost a total of $305,000. 

The council also approved a motion to extend the final completion of the standpipe renovation, part of the above bid, by 15 days. Alderman Woodrow Street asked why the extension was necessary, with Ted LaBelle of Crawford, Murphy and Tilly Engineers saying that rain had put Tecorp slightly behind.

Mayor Dougherty also asked about a mixing system that was to be installed in the standpipe. LaBelle said that there was a one year warranty for the mixers and if they don't keep the water from sitting too long in the water tower, then there is a refund to the city.

The other significant expenditure was for the Tyler Avenue repair project. The council approved the bid from Charles E. Mahoney Co. for hot mix asphalt overlay and subgrade repair for the street between State Street and McKinley Avenue. The low bid for the project was for $121,092.75.

In other business, the council approved a work order from Heneghan and Associates for grant administration for the McKay Auto Parts expansion project and a motion to make emergency repairs to the membrane filtration system's VersaViewer at the water treatment plant for an amount not to exceed $7,500. Water Superintendent Ray Weller said that the software for the system will be installed on the same computer and will enable the city to collect data and send information for processing.

Also approved were motions to purchase 80 tons of CA-6 (road gravel) for the lake department, to declare a tender truck and  squad vehicle as surplus from the fire department and to purchase three sets of bunker gear ($6,735) and seven fire helmets with shields ($1,722).

Before going into closed session at 6:47 p.m., the council approved a proposal from Crawford, Murphy and Tilly for easement descriptions, easement plats and legal descriptions for the lake sewer force main project.

The council would be in closed session for 31 minutes before returning to open session with no further business. They will meet again on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Corwin Hall.

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