HIGHLAND | The Town Council has paved the way for a complete reconstruction of 98th Street.
The work will affect 13 houses in the 2800-2900 blocks, which stretch between Fifth Street and Erie Avenue, Public Works Director John Bach said.
"There are no storm sewers in this neighborhood," Bach said while noting that the project will include them, along with curb/gutters and sidewalks where needed.
One resident preferred to not remove a tree standing in the path of the new sidewalk, so "we'll move the sidewalk a little to the south and save that tree," Bach said.
Residents will pay $14 per foot for their curbs and $17.50 a foot for sidewalks wherever they are nonexistent, Bach said.
The lots in this subdivision are unusually wide, ranging between 75 and 156 feet, so residential bills will range from $980 to $4,917.
The project also will follow a Water Board policy and replace existing 4-inch water lines with new 8-inch lines, Bach said.
Town Councilman Mark Herak, I-2nd, noted the existing stormwater culverts along the roadway will be eliminated with the new storm line.
Bach added that residents with stormwater sump pumps emptying into those culverts should contact the town.
The council awarded a contract to Walsh & Kelly, Inc. of Griffith to do the work for $448,191.97.
It also adopted the preliminary assessments for homeowners, which will be the subject of another public hearing in two weeks.
Bach said the project could begin by Aug. 5 and be complete in mid-October.
In other business, Bach said the town has been working hard to pick up the many broken tree branches from the recent storms.
"We have as many people working on branch pickups as possible," Bach said.
He added that the pickups began on the north end of town, are now in the mid-section, and the whole town should be covered by Friday.
The crews will then retrace their steps to pick up freshly piled branches.