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It's a busy summer for infrastructure projects

Electric, water, sewer and street issues addressed at meeting

Jared Baker
Granville village president
Jared Baker Granville village president

GRANVILLE — Several aspects of the community’s infrastructure were addressed in some way during the June 5 Granville Village Board meeting.

Village engineer Mike Richetta called it the “$25,000 question,” but perhaps it would be more accurate to call the still-unstarted McCoy Street project the “$505,000 question.”

Expected to begin on approximately May 16, the contractor, LaSalle’s Universal Asphalt & Excavating, is officially “on the clock.”

“The contractor was awarded 45 working days. That’s a normal weekday that’s workable, meaning if it rains, it’s not workable. The working days started on May 16, so they have nine days used up. They’re not worried about it yet and are expecting to be on site June 18. They still have plenty of time to do it and will probably only need 25 to 30 working days if they hit it really hard,” Richetta said.

He also said the change order for the extra work that was added would probably give the contractor an additional 15 days to complete the project.

It’s still expected to be completed in time for the annual Granville Cruise on Aug. 3. If project delays, such as bad weather, begin to threaten that timeline, Richetta said the contractor could focus on ensuring the street portion of the project is completed before the cruise.

“I’m not going to sweat it yet, and if they go over the contract days, I think it’s $1,050 a day,” he added.

Smoke testing

Richetta presented the board with information regarding the continued smoke testing of the village’s sanitary sewers. The tests are being done to identify problematic areas where ground or surface water may be entering the sewers and aggravating the widespread flooding, such as which occurred during last year’s heavy rains.

Testing was scheduled to start on June 11 and will be done between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.. The smoke is non-toxic and odor free.

Areas of testing were to include portions of Silverspoon Avenue, South Street, Harrison Court, Archie Avenue, Colby Street and Elm Street.

Residents should contact the village if any of the testing smoke entered their homes through a drain or vent pipe because dangerous sewer gases may also be entering the building.

Sewer plant monitoring

Richetta said the village’s new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from the EPA will require a water quality monitoring plan for the water entering, inside of, and coming out of the waste water treatment plant and other testing sites.

The additional testing will be done by TEST Inc. of Peru. The first round of regular testing that will take place over two months will provide a baseline against which tests after heavy rains will be judged.

Richetta said he expects the tests to show the village isn’t harming the creek with the plant’s discharge water. However, there was some concern that some of the pollutant limits set in the new permit, such as ammonia and nitrogen levels, could be exceeded because of agricultural runoff before the creek’s water even reaches the plant.

The other areas that will be inspected will be the plant’s lagoon. If that area was identified as a source of exceeded limits, Richetta said aeration could be added to help the bacteria within to consume the pollutants.

The village will also be evaluating its waste water polymer and related procedures after reports of it not fully drying. Polymers are used to coagulate suspended solids into a sludge before being dehydrated and disposed of. A new polymer may be ordered if needed, and the storage areas for the drying polymer will also be under review.

Electric rates

Charles Dana of Rock River Energy presented the board with a bid comparison of the electric aggregation rates of a number of local energy providers. The board approved a three-year contract with Constellation Energy, the lowest bid.

Dana said the cost of energy has decreased and that the power is generated through a combination of natural gas, coal and nuclear-powered sources. The new rates for the village will range from approximately 4.7 to 4.9 cents per kilowatt hour over the term of the contract.

The village’s current rates were thought to be approximately 5.8 cents per kwh, and Granville Village President Jared Baker was eager to help residents reduce their expenses.

There will also be no termination fees, and customers can opt out if they desire, but Dana said they have a 98 percent customer retention rate.

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