Shiloh board welcomes new deputy police chief, approves engineering for Shiloh Station Road work

Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier swears in Jesse Phillips as the village’s new deputy police chief. Phillips has been acting deputy chief since the retirement of Gary McGill on May 28. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel)

By Martha Stoffel

SHILOH – At Monday’s Shiloh Village Board of Trustees Committee at Large meeting, Mayor Jim Vernier swore in Jesse Phillips as the new deputy police chief. Phillips has been acting deputy chief since the retirement of Gary McGill on May 28. 

Trustees approved an engineering contract and resolution for work on the continued improvement of Shiloh Station Road. The Village was awarded a Federal Surface Transportation Project grant through IDOT in 2017 to continue improvement on Shiloh Station Road which covers 80 percent of the costs. Work on the road was divided into eight phases (five phases have been completed), and the Director of Public Works, Megan Fuhler, requested the State to allow the Village to combine phases 6 and 7 for cost savings and to hopefully reduce construction time.

A contract for the preliminary engineering work on Phase 6 with Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc has been previously approved by trustees. Monday they approved a supplemental agreement in the amount of $59,903 for Phase 7 using Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds. 

With the board and IDOT approval to modify the project to include both phase 6 and 7, staff requested MFT allocation be increased from $300,000 to $600,000 to cover the Village’s share of construction costs on both phases. Fuhler estimated the project would go out to bid in March-April 2019, with construction beginning early summer. The final phase is projected for 2022.