At Monday’s meeting, commissioner Dennis Yborra said the city had received three bids for the work at the plant. The total cost of the work was expected to be $1,086,700. However, the low bid from D.J. Sickley Construction Co., Peru came in at $1,028,579.
“It’s approximately $60,000 under the engineer’s estimate,” said Yborra.
The project will entail replacing the city’s drying bed with a filter press and the anaerobic digestion system with an aerobic system. It is part of the city’s $6.6 million infrastructure overhaul.
The city council unanimously voted to place the bids on file for further review.
“We also have a few alternates to look at to see if we will go with it or not,” said Yborra.
The city is looking at six different alternates which include adding pavement, replacing the boiler system and placing heating and cooling in the building. Yborra said the city was interested in looking at the heating and cooling option.
In other business:
n The following board appointment and reappointments were made. Al Piecha, Jim Clinard and Pam Delvallee were reappointed to the Planning Commission along with new appointments of Chuck Swanson and Jim Opsal with terms to expire in 2017. Chuck Swanson was appointed to the Design and Review Board with a term to expire in 2017. T.J. Templeton was reappointed to the Police Commission with a term to expire in 2016. Alan Hansen was reappointed to the Police Pension Board with a term to expire in 2015. Pam Delvallee was reappointed to the Design and Review Board with a term to expire in 2016. Lynn Quick and Bonnie Knoblauch were appointed to the Ambulance Board with terms to expire in 2016.
n The city voted to place a proposed franchise agreement with Comcast on file. City attorney Jim Andreoni said the city could not fight Comcast to regulate such things like available channels and prices. The agreement passed 3-2 with Yborra and commissioner Paul Danekas voting against it.
n Resident Wanda Lent told the council to look into placing some lowered curbs to allow handicapped individuals to access McPhedran Park. She said she got stuck in the park and had to wait for help to be lowered down to the road. Mayor Don Finley said he would look into the issue.
n Commissioner Yborra asked residents to not let grass clipping get into the street especially after the recent heavy rainfalls. Yborra said this will help prevent blockage in sewers.
n Commissioner Tom Porter said the E-Waste Drop-off held on April 27 was a big success. Porter said 227 vehicles helped to collect 30,515 pounds of electronics which were diverted from the landfill. Porter said he plans on doing the event again in the fall.
n The annual Oglesby Mayor's Parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Oglesby to recognize girls softball and boys baseball players. Lineup is at 9:45 a.m. at East Walnut Street and Spring Avenue. The parade will go west to Woodland Avenue and north to Memorial Park for pre-game ceremonies.
n The city will have an appliance pickup day on May 13. All items need to be placed out prior to 6 a.m. Water heaters, washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, air conditioners, furnaces, car/truck batteries and any other items that are 80 percent metal will be accepted. Televisions, computers and other electronics will not be accepted.
n Porter said the Oglesby Ambulance Association recently hosted a critical care training day. Five paramedics took the training to learn how to handle critical care transfers which have recently been incorporated into the Illinois Valley Community Hospital system.
n The grand opening for McPhedran Park will be Saturday, May 18. Mayor Finley said the event would feature an animal clinic starting at 1 p.m. and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Residents also can pickup city dog tags at the park. Finley also said the city received about $260,000 in funds for the park from the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant provide by the Department of Natural Resources.
n The Oglesby Water Department will flush hydrants the week of May 20 from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. A short term loss of water pressure may occur. Residents are asked to let their water run clear if they experience a discoloration.
n Finley said the city sent in a request for $96,000 to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recent damages caused by the flood. Finley said the city is just waiting to hear if it is approved.