O’Fallon City Council approves contracts for third phase of Presidential Streets project

By Martha Stoffel

O’FALLON – City Council approved resolutions for the third phase of the Presidential Streets Stormwater Remediation project Monday night. 

An agreement with Baxmeyer Construction, Inc in the amount of $943,770.22 for installation of storm sewer pipe and inlets and reconstruction of the roadway with a concrete ribbon curb and new asphalt, and another with Rhutasel and Associates, Inc for construction staking, material testing and as needed construction inspection for the project in the amount not to exceed $48,000 were approved. 

Phase 3 is the area of East Jefferson Street, between North Smiley and North Penn Streets. 

West Adams Street resident Terry Lysakowski addressed the council during public comments regarding the work completed on a previous phase of the project. Mr. Lysakowski referenced the difficulty he has maintaining the ditch and the notices he has received from the city regarding the height of the weeds in the right of way. He asked the council to consider waiting to begin phase 3, instead addressing complaints he brought before the council regarding the ditch maintenance and parking difficulties along the road. There was no discussion amongst the council prior to the unanimous vote approving the resolutions (Aldermen Jerry Albrecht, Andrew Lopinot and Mark Morton were absent). During the Public Works committee report, committee chairman Alderman Richie Meile encouraged residents with concerns over the presidential street project to attend the next public works committee meeting on July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Public Safety building for further discussion.