LANSING | The Village Board awarded a contract to a Bridgeview-based firm to do the first phase of maintenance and repairs to the levee that keeps the Little Calumet River from overflowing into Lansing.
Lansing trustees voted 6-0 earlier this week for the $138,648 bid by Visu-Sewer LLC. It was one of two submitted for the project.
Village Engineer Jeff Pintar said the company will do storm sewer cleaning and televising, while also removing remnants of sand that remain from past incidents.
They also will do an inspection of valves that run underneath the levee. Those valves are related to the village’s sewage system, and Pintar said municipal officials want to make sure no sewage is getting into the village’s water system.
Village President Norm Abbott said he is pleased with the firm, which did repair work a couple of years ago on the village's sewer system around the Ridge Road downtown business district.
The contract is the first of several to be awarded for work to be done to maintain the levee.
Officials say the work follows an analysis by the Army Corps of Engineers, which pointed out portions of the levee that have deteriorated. Portions of the levee are concrete, while others are earthen berm.
The levee is Lansing’s northern boundary with Calumet City.
In other business, the Village Board approved a resolution proclaiming next Tuesday to be Lansing Fallen Heroes Memorial Day.
The day is meant to honor all Lansing residents who served in the military and who died while in action. Officials paid special tribute earlier this week to Lansing police Officer Kenneth Novak, who was shot to death during a traffic stop in 1992, and Lance Cpl. Philip J. Martini, a Lansing resident serving in the Marine Corps who was killed by sniper fire in 2006 while in Iraq.