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Bridging the gap

Spring Valley City Council hears bridge update

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 10:10 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 10:11 a.m. CDT
(BCR photo/Joe Stanbary)
The new Route 89 bridge spanning the Illinois River that connects Spring Valley and Granville is well underway. At the Monday night Spring Valley City Council meeting, Illinois Department of Transportation representatives said the project is on schedule and on budget.

SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley City Council learned the Route 89 bridge project is on schedule and on budget.

At its meeting Monday, Feb. 13, the Spring Valley City Council heard from Joe Wick, Chad Tonozzi and Nate Sell of the Illinois Department of Transportation, District 3, who provided the council with an update on the construction of the new Route 89 bridge across the Illinois River.

“We are here to update you on where things stand today with the bridge construction and to answer any questions you have,” Wick said, explaining the new profile for the roadway is beginning to emerge and three of the seven piers are complete. He also said after Season 1 of construction, everything is on schedule and on budget, mentioning the contractors are doing a good job keeping things moving forward.

In 2017, work will continue to finish the substructure elements," Wick said. "This part will be done around mid-summer; then structural metal will be installed. After that, pavement work will begin.”

There should be no closures of Route 89 at this point. The fishing tournaments will continue with no changes from last year

Also at the Monday night meeting:

• Mike Richetta of Chamlin told the council the building at 126 E. St. Paul St. has been demolished and filled in. Spring Valley attorney James Andreoni said he has received the deed to the property and it is being added to the city’s insurance policy.

• Alderman Debra Baltikauski updated the council on the Legislative Committee meeting held on Feb. 8. The committee discussed unsolicited advertising materials and reviewed the new ordinance in regards to this. They also discussed the vacant building and property ordinance and rental property ordinance. The committee determined the vacant building ordinance needed to be updated.

• The Public Health and Safety Committee also met that night. Alderman Dave Pellegrini said that they discussed several properties located in the city.  

• Alderman Ken Bogacz updated the council on the Water and Sewer Committee meeting. Several change orders for the wastewater treatment plant were discussed.   

• The council approved a $500 donation for the 2017 Habit for Health 10K sponsored by St. Margaret’s Hospital Foundation. The race will take place April 22. Proceeds will go to the Esophageal and Colon Cancer Prevention Center at St. Margaret’s.

• The council approved a $100 donation to Sheriff James Reed to help sponsor a table at the  Princeton Boy Scouts Founder's Breakfast. Last year, the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office sponsored two Boy Scouts to attend camp last summer and will do so again this year.  

• A $100 donation to Spring Valley Red Devil Baseball was approved.

• A thank you note from Jan Martin at the food pantry was received.

• An ordinance was approved raising the compensation for fire chief from $1,200 to $2,400 a year. Currently firemen receive $9.37 an hour while on a call. The new ordinance will allow the total pay allowed to go up to $30,000 from $22,000.

• Bogacz suggested raising the pay for the fire marshal from $50 a month to $200 a month.

• Approved Mayor Walt Marini's appointment of Alan Butkus as city plumbing Inspector.

• A resolution abating taxes imposed on certain real estate properties located within the Bureau Putnam Area Enterprise Zone was approved.

The next meeting will be held on at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

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