Cal City officials ponder repairs to city water reservoir

2013-02-17T19:30:00Z 2013-02-17T22:12:08Z Cal City officials ponder repairs to city water reservoirGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
February 17, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | The City Council in coming months will consider whether to spend up to $700,000 for maintenance work on the city’s concrete ground storage reservoir.

The reservoir with a 6 million-gallon capacity is located at State Street and Burnham Avenue, and Robinson Engineers drained the tank in November to permit an internal inspection.

According to a memorandum from the South Holland-based engineering firm, the tank is “in good condition” but requires a few repairs “in order to ensure the tank’s condition does not deteriorate.”

The City Council on Thursday voted 7-0 to refer the project to the Public Utilities Committee, chaired by 3rd Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones, for study.

If aldermen eventually approve the work, it likely would be done in two phases.

The first phase will cost $329,000 and will consist of a waterproof interior floor, repairs to an interior pipe and an exterior rehabilitation that includes patching and re-tensioning of wires.

The second phase, at a $371,000 cost, would consist of exterior cleaning and coating, along with repairs to the hatch and screens, and installing a handrail.

The memo written by senior project manager Jennifer S. Prinz says the second phase can wait until a future budget year, but the first phase is the priority.

In other business, the City Council awarded a contract to John Burns Construction Co. of Orland Park for renovations at the stormwater pump station at State Street and Burnham Avenue. The company, one of four bidders, will be paid just under $3.1 million for the work.

The council also approved an $11,070.36 payment to Robinson Engineering for construction engineering studies for improvements to Sibley Boulevard. Robinson also will receive $16,428.82 for similar studies for repairs done at River Oaks Drive and Paxton Avenue.

Aldermen gave their approval to a resolution honoring the Rev. Anthony D. Tyler, of the Higher Ground Community Church, 415 Saginaw Ave., who will celebrate 25 years as a pastor in Calumet City on Feb. 22.

Meanwhile, First Ward Alderman Eric Schneider wished Calumet City itself a happy 120th birthday. The municipality was incorporated on Feb. 13, 1893, as West Hammond, changing its name to Calumet City in 1924.

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