DANVILLE – After solving a crumbling sewer line issue at Garfield Elementary School, city officials are looking at other buildings that also have sanitary sewer lines with possible issues.
Danville Community Development Director David Schnelle told the city council’s Public Works Committee Tuesday night that a hole had to be cut in the stage at Garfield Elementary School to address the failing sewer line. A claw-like device was used to take out 15 bricks in the bottom of the brick-lined manhole that was failing. The school’s gymnasium/cafeteria was built in the 1930s on top of the city sanitary sewer line.
A person couldn’t get down to the line, but they assembled a liner to fix the problem.
“It is done. The stage is back together now,” Schnelle said.
He said time and material costs are being determined.
Garfield School didn’t have any sewer backups or plumbing problems, but neighboring homes did.
Schnelle said they’re looking at city maps to find other potential lines under other properties.
Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said the city needs to work more on sanitary sewer asset management.
In other reports, Public Works Director Carl Carpenter updated aldermen on some exposed sanitary sewer lines, dead trees again blocking Stoney Creek at Carver Park, two city-owned buildings downtown that have collapsed roofs and need to be re-roofed at about $50,000 or torn down at a cost of possibly $250,000, the city being ready for possible snow this weekend, street sweeping activities and having a list of about 100 more dead trees that need to be cut down in the city.
The city postponed budget talks Tuesday night due to City Comptroller Shelley Scott being ill.
Committee members heard from Danville Mass Transit Director Lisa Beith about DMT trying to work with the Greyhound Connect bus service to Chicago to have the bus stop, and possibly the Burlington Trailways bus that stops at Lynch Road, at the downtown transportation center.
An anticipated start date is Jan. 23 for the Greyhound bus route connection from Chicago to Danville via Elgin, Rockford, Rochelle, Oglesby, Bloomington and Champaign-Urbana.
The committee Tuesday also recommended approving a resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 sanitary sewer budget. The budgeted line item in infrastructure improvements was not enough to pay for replacement of the sanitary sewer over Stoney Creek near South Griffin Street or the Koehn Creek interceptor sanitary sewer improvement to Midwest Asphalt Inc. for $359,378.
Funding comes from the city’s sanitary sewer reserve.
Aldermen also recommended amending the contract with Big O Services for the Oregon Street bridge repairs. The city council previously approved a $137,027 contract for joint and concrete repairs to the bridge carrying Oregon Street over the CSX railroad.
The design plans showed the correct amount of concrete work to take place but the bid quantities did not have the correct concrete quantity due to city error.
The additional cost was $47,433 to make the total contract $184,461. Funding comes from motor fuel taxes and reserves.