QUINCY -- Nearly $1.6 million in road work is expected to move forward later this year after it was approved Monday by the Quincy City Council.
Aldermen voted 8-4 to approve the $606,161 reconstruction of Vermont between Fifth and Seventh streets. Besides street resurfacing, the work will include new curb and gutter, ornamental street lights, brick pavers and trees.
Alderman Benjamin Uzelac, D-7, said he was happy to see the work on Vermont move forward, noting it was part of the city's commitment for the new Adams County Jail.
"I think it is important work to be done, and it's great to see that transformation downtown," Uzelac said. "It will also be great to see that same kind of transformation throughout the ward."
The city is using $550,000 from the downtown tax increment financing district fund and $56,000 from the city's water and sewer fund for the work. Rees Construction Co. is completing the work.
Opposing the contract were Aldermen Jeff Bergman, R-2; Tom Ernst, R-3; Tony Sassen, R-4; and Mike Rein, R-5.
Ernst said he wasn't opposed to the whole project, but he believed brick pavers and the size of the trees selected for the project were excessive.
"I think we can get by with a lot less than what they're spending the money for," Ernst said.
Aldermen also approved the bid of $982,217 from Rees Construction Co. for the second phase of North 18th reconstruction. The work involves resurfacing North 18th between Chestnut and Maple, as well as new curb, gutter and sidewalks.
The work is 80% funded with federal money.
Jeffrey Conte, director of utilities and engineering, said the street work will take at least three months to finish.
The street closed in March for a $1.04 million water and sewer line replacement project. The intersection at 18th and Chestnut also closed June 10 to allow for the installation of a new water main.
He said the sewer work should be completed soon, with North 18th reopening to traffic until construction starts later this year.
"We've been delayed quite a bit by the weather," Conte said. "We had a lot of rain this spring, which led to a lot of days where the contractor couldn't work. We also had some additional work added, which made the project go longer. We had to replace a whole other block of sewer that we didn't anticipate."
The City Council also agreed to fund 38% or $276,640 to install a pump station and force main near Municipal Landfill No. 2/3. The project is designed to remove leachate, which is water pumped from the landfill, and pump it to the city's waste water treatment plant.
The landfill was declared a Superfund site in the 1990s, and the costs are shared by Bridgestone-Firestone Tires, Motorola, Coletec Industries, Gardner Denver, Harris Corp., and Browning-Ferris Industries, which is doing business as Republic Services.