Douglas Park stormwater sewer project has new deadline

May 8, 2019

STERLING – One of the city’s most expensive stormwater sewer projects to date has officially received a new timeline.

The City Council approved a contractual change order Monday for nearly $2 million in drainage improvements in the Douglas Park neighborhood.

The work includes sewer construction that will extend east from the intersection of Woodside Avenue and Harvey Drive to a new detention basin. The streets, sidewalks, curb and gutter will be rebuilt on Chestnut Avenue, Douglas Drive, Woodside and Harvey.

The work started last construction season and originally was to be completed by Nov. 18, but unexpected problems with Nicor infrastructure have delayed the project. The contract was changed to reflect a new construction deadline of June 30, 2019.

The project extension was needed because the contractor was forced to wait for Nicor to relocate the gas main and laterals in the neighborhood so they were in sync with the new storm sewer.

The change order was also needed to account for additional work done by the contractor, Freeport-based Fischer Excavating Inc., some connected with the Nicor issues. Fischer had to locate the laterals that didn’t work with the new storm sewer. Because of the delay, a temporary connection between the new and old storm sewer was needed to allow drainage during the winter. Other charges were related to the change from 18-inch to 24-inch sewer pipes.

The changes added $9,448.90 to the bill, which now comes in at $1,869,118.13, but the city said when all is done, the job is expected to come in on budget.

“This change order will show an increase, however, at the end of the project, the engineer will establish a project completion change order to incorporate all of the changes made during construction. The additional items should lower the contract price below the contractor’s original bid price,” City Manager Scott Shumard said.

Strand Associates, based in Madison, Wisconsin, is the engineer for the Douglas Park work and several other major city stormwater sewer projects. The firm is familiar with the city’s infrastructure goals, also assisting with stormwater sewer plans developed in 2004 and 2011.

Property sale OK’d

The council also approved an ordinance Monday that will allow the city to sell property at 2304 Spring St. to Wainwright Orthodontics. The city didn’t own the property, but had obtained a judgment order last October, allowing for the demolition of a house and garage at the site after it was damaged during a storm. Wainwright, which is next to the vacant lot, has made an offer of $17,500 on the property.