Presidential Streets Stormwater Project contractors approved

The O'Fallon EMS and their new Explorer unit proudly display the department's new flag. Mayor Gary Graham proclaimed May 16-20 as O'Fallon EMS Week at Monday's City Council meeting. (Submitted Photo by Pam Funk)

The O’Fallon EMS and their new Explorer unit proudly display the department’s new flag. Mayor Gary Graham proclaimed May 16-20 as O’Fallon EMS Week at Monday’s City Council meeting. (Submitted Photo by Pam Funk)

O’FALLON – Residents in the Presidential Streets area of O’Fallon will soon see work begin to fix stormwater problems that have plagued them.

The O’Fallon City Council took action and passed a series of resolutions approving contractors to perform the needed work. The project will be undertaken in an older part of town that was designed in the early 20th century with open ditches for stormwater remediation. However, years of sediment and residents filling in the ditches have caused massive drainage issues. The project, which will be handled in phases, will begin with the installation of storm sewer pipe and inlets to allow the flow of stormwater to already established detention ponds.

The council approved a resolution creating an agreement between the city and Haier Plumbing and Heating Inc. in the amount of $708,136.20 for the first phase of the Presidential Streets Stormwater Remediation Project. The council also approved a resolution creating an agreement with Rhutasel and Associates Inc. for the construction services related to the project. That agreement is worth $27,000, excluding potential reimbursables.

All of the funding was reserved in the Fiscal Year 2017 Public Works Prop S Budget.

Additionally, the council approved another resolution agreement with Haier Plumbing and Heating for $527,429.65 for work on the Howard Place and Smiley drainage storm sewer interceptor. That area has also dealt with poor drainage for years and this project, which will also be done in phases, will help alleviate those issues. The first phase will consist of installing storm sewer pipe and inlets to allow water to flow along East Jefferson Street to the detention pond by the Public Safety Building. The old water mains and sewer mains along East Jefferson Street will also be replaced.

The funding for this project comes from the Fiscal Year 2017 Prop S, Water, and Sewer budgets.

 

Mayor Gary Graham introduced Grace, who served as the Mayor for the Day. Grace is a fourth grade student at Faith Baptist Academy. She not only spent time with the Mayor at City Hall, but also visited the police department and fire department to learn how they operated. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Mayor Gary Graham introduced Grace, who served as the Mayor for the Day. Grace is a fourth grade student at Faith Baptist Academy. She not only spent time with the Mayor at City Hall, but also visited the police department and fire department to learn how they operated.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

In other business…

  • The council approved a resolution allowing the Mayor to execute an agreement with Lake Contracting Inc. The agreement, which is worth $94,242.32, is for the replacement of broken sidewalks, curb and gutter, barrier curb, driveway slab, and other pavement. Lake Contracting was the lowest bidder by more than $8,000.
  • The city also entered into an agreement with Christ Brothers Asphalt Inc for the city’s annual asphalt street resurfacing. The agreement is worth $298,200.48.
  • The Public Safety Building will be receiving a new rooftop heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit from Trane. By a 9 to 4 vote, the council approved a resolution allowing for its purchase and installation in an amount not to exceed $19,985. The old unit did not have the ability to remove humidity, causing mold issues and smells in the locker room. The new unit will be more energy efficient and will include a built-in dehumidifier that will monitor and control humidity.
  • Aldermen Herb Roach, Robert Kueker, Ned Drolet, and Alderwoman Courtney Marsh voted against the resolution. Roach said he believed there should have been more bids and that a local company should have been given the contract. Mayor Graham stated the city has a good track record with Trane and that the city will work with local companies when it makes the best financial sense.
  • The Council approved an ordinance amending the city’s code as it relates to special events. The change allows for the creation of a quicker approval process for events that take place every year and never change. Aldermen Ned Drolet and Robert Kueker voted against the proposal. Drolet said he believes that while this change will speed up the approval process it will remove his voice as an alderman to vote against events he may have an issue with.
  • The council approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with the United States Department of Commerce and the US Census Bureau in an amount not to exceed $150,572. The city is working with the federal government to hold a special census due to the large amount of growth in O’Fallon since the 2010 census.
  • District 90 Board of Education President John Wagnon and Superintendent Carrie Hruby gave a presentation to the City Council, giving an overview of the district and some updates on their financial status. Wagnon and Hruby wanted to thank the city for their cooperation and ongoing assistance.
  • The mayor issued a trio of proclamations during his report.

First, the month of May has been proclaimed as Building Safety Month in O’Fallon.

Next, May 5 was proclaimed as “Wake Up America Day” in acknowledgement of the National Day of Prayer.

Finally, May 16 through May 20 was proclaimed as “O’Fallon EMS Week”. The O’Fallon EMS will be hosting an open house and celebration at the new fire station, located on Taylor Road by the Sports Park, on May 18.