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Government

Elmhurst, Nicor split cost of replacing Madison Street water main

Elmhurst City Engineer Kent Johnson explains the Madison Street water main situation to aldermen at the Sept. 25 Public Works and Buildings Committee meeting at Elmhurst City Hall.
Elmhurst City Engineer Kent Johnson explains the Madison Street water main situation to aldermen at the Sept. 25 Public Works and Buildings Committee meeting at Elmhurst City Hall.

ELMHURST – The city of Elmhurst and Nicor will split the cost of completing emergency repair work to replace a water main pipe on Madison Street between Hawthorne Avenue and Spring Road.

The Elmhurst City Council passed a resolution Oct. 2 after a Public Works and Buildings Committee report was rushed through so that construction could begin Oct. 3, allowing Nicor to restore the area before winter hits.

During Nicor's removal and installation of its gas main, nine breaks to the water main occurred on the block of Madison Street between Hawthorne and Fairfield avenues, and the 10th break occurred on Madison Street between Hillside and Fairfield avenues, City Engineer Kent Johnson said after the committee meeting Sept. 25.

"When you disturb existing ground immediately adjacent to water mains, there's always a risk," Director of Public Works Howard Killian said after the meeting.

A staff report brought before the committee Sept. 25 stated that "because Nicor could be at fault for some of these breaks, they have agreed to cover at least 50 percent of our costs and to provide final restoration of the pavement."

Killian said there is a benefit to the city in that it will get a couple new hydrants and an 8-inch water main instead of a 6-inch water main, which will provide more flow and pressure for water users in the area. According to the resolution the City Council passed Oct. 2, that change was also made to "comply with new construction standards."

After multiple meetings, Nicor and Elmhurst reached a verbal agreement that the city will pay about $75,000, which includes the $25,000 cost of upsizing the water main pipe, Killian said Sept. 25.

He said he expects this will be the final agreement with Nicor, and the city is just waiting to get it in writing. Since the roadway is "torn up right now," the city wants to replace the piping while the road is still under construction, Killian said.

Gerardi Sewer and Water Company, the contractor for the project, has estimated the total cost of the project to be $250,000, according to the committee report. The company was the contractor for the original water main and copper service lines installation project, which was approved May 15.

Nicor has agreed to pay $175,000 toward the cost of the additional work, the City Council resolution stated.

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