GRANVILLE — The Granville Village Board has taken the final steps toward ensuring two major and long-awaited projects will be underway this summer.
During the April 3 board meeting, bids for the improvements to both the water treatment plant and McCoy Street were approved. Village Engineer Mike Richetta, of Chamlin & Associates, discussed both projects before their approval.
The extensive project at the water treatment plant will result in it being fully up-to-date with standards and should be completed by September, according to Richetta. Vissering Construction Co. of Streator was awarded the job with a $552,000 bid.
The project will also now include the replacement of a variety of pipes, valves and controls that weren’t part of the initial estimates and required the village to approve an additional cost of $80,000, which will come from village funds. Approximately $373,000 for the project has been provided through grants.
“The situation isn’t going to go away or get better if we don’t do it, so I recommend this work all be done at the same time,” Richetta said.
Village President Jared Baker agreed and said it makes sense because the village has the funding available and because the plant will already be in the middle of a major project.
Richetta also said the contractor won’t be allowed to shut the plant down for more than 24 hours at a time and that the village’s 24-hour water supply should keep residents from having to worry about water availability.
The surprise of the meeting came from Richetta’s announcement that the bids for the McCoy Street project had come in substantially lower than expected.
“The contractors really wanted this job and were very competitive,” he said.
The project was estimated to cost $550,000, but LaSalle’s Universal Asphalt & Excavating was awarded the contract after submitting a bid of $368,231.
Richetta said because the bids were lower than expected, the contractor was also willing to possibly extend the reach of the project in both directions if the village wanted to do so.
The project was initially planned to begin at the railroad tracks and stop at Main Street. The village might now approve its continuance north along the full length of McCoy Street to end at Silverspoon Avenue and south to Route 71.
Access to McCoy Street and its businesses was discussed, and Richetta said the plan is to work on one side of the street at a time so interruptions will be limited. He also said businesses will be notified week to week as to know what to expect from the project.
Paving, however, will be done in its entirety so as not to have seams in the work, and Richetta said the project should be completed in time for the annual cruise-in event.
“There will be some inconvenience, which people don’t like, but this work has to be done,” board member Lucian Verda said.
In other board news
• Granville has reached a verbal agreement to extend its contract to provide police services to Standard for another four years, but it won’t be officially approved until the next board meeting on April 17.
• The board approved the early pay-off of a more than $546,000 IEPA loan that funded the construction of two new wells. The village was paying $36,000 a year toward the loan and the remaining balance was approximately $203,000.
“By paying this loan off early, the village will save about $17,000 in interest, and we’ll still have a budget surplus of about $150,000,” Baker said.
• The board approved a resolution designating the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau as Granville’s official tourism agency. This resolution will align Granville with the surrounding communities from the six counties the Heritage Corridor represents.
• The board approved a $150 donation to the Special Olympics and $100 toward the Marshall-Putnam Fair Queen Pageant.