From the Mayor's Desk
May 18, 2015
The waterline extension to the south side is currently awaiting final EPA loan approval and engineering plans for project bidding. The cost of the project for installing a waterline south, under the river, to Harvard Street is approximately 1.3 million dollars. Loan repayment will be accomplished by implementing a $5.00 to $6.00 monthly charge to all city water users. Bidding and construction may take place in the Fall 2015. Bidding is also expected to take place in the next month for the repairs and the painting of the 300,000 gallon water tower near the Momence High School. That project may take place in late June or July of this year. Water Depreciation Funds in the Water Department will be used for the approximate $140,000-$190,000 cost of the project.
The Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railroad, and the City have partnered to upgrade the railroad crossings at Market Street and Ash Street. These upgrades will include crossing gates at both locations. The City is to use in-house labor and approximately $5,000 to $10,000 of General Fund money to cover the cost of widening the turning radius at Ash St for the installation of the crossing gate. That improvement is expected to be completed within approximately six months. Making improvements to Railroad Crossings within city limits has been a priority of IDOT and the ICC. Also, with the use of a $327,000 ICC Grade Crossing Grant, engineering, land acquisition, and construction for an access road on the north side of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks between North Maple St. and North Locust St. is expected to be completed within a two year period.
The State of Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will review engineering plans for sidewalk improvements to the 100 block of East Washington St. The majority of the cost for this improvement to East Washington St will be covered by a $390,000 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant which was awarded 2 years ago. This project will require that numerous vaults in privately owned buildings be sealed prior to any ITEP funded construction. Bidding for this project may occur within the next 3 months.
Renovations in the West Washington portion of City Hall are also an in-house labor project with $20,000 of funding for materials coming from a State of Illinois Capital Grant. Additional expenses on the renovations are paid with money from the General Fund. The City initiated this project to provide handicap accessibility and to move the City Council meetings to 29 N Dixie. The State of Illinois Attorney General's office regularly reviews and approves the progress that is being made.
With Community Foundation Grants, Donations, and Local Improvement Department Funds, beautification projects have been done in areas of the city over the past three years. This year's projects will include a landscaping/brickwork project near the channel at the East River Street Parking Lot and the installation of six new trash receptacles from Conrad Park south to Illinois Street.
Finally, the Main Street Momence sponsored Beautification Day for planting flowers and doing some light cleanup to downtown sidewalks and alleys is this Saturday, May 23rd. Volunteers are needed and asked to meet at the Main Street Momence office at the corner of Dixie Hwy and West Washington at 9AM.
Mayor, City of Momence