O'Fallon Progress

Council approves infrastructure projects in target areas

The O’Fallon City Hall is located at 255 S. Lincoln Ave. near downtonwn O’Fallon. For more information on council meeting schedules and agendas visit the city's website or call 618-624-4500.
The O’Fallon City Hall is located at 255 S. Lincoln Ave. near downtonwn O’Fallon. For more information on council meeting schedules and agendas visit the city's website or call 618-624-4500. File photo

The O’Fallon City Council has advanced projects that focus on improving infrastructure.

At Monday’s meeting, aldermen approved the first steps for several targeted areas, including East State Street sewer improvements, water main replacements in Southview subdivision and the Old Collinsville Road/Milburn School Road roundabout construction.

“This is the start of more of an emphasis on our infrastructure needs,” Mayor Herb Roach said.

The council prioritized streets, water and sewer issues for its strategic plan last fall, along with public safety and economic development, Roach noted.

The city wants to design and build a sanitary sewer system to serve the 17 homes and the O’Fallon Township Building located along the south side of East State Street between Lee Drive and Seven Hills Road. They are are currently served by septic systems.

The council agreed to pay $75,00 to Gonzalez Companies to prepare an application to the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department. They will provide plans and specifications that can be used to solicit bids. They will also coordinate the submission of the application.

The water mains need to be replaced in the Southview subdivision, and will take multiple phases to complete. First phase is for the water mains between Lincoln Avenue and Princeton Drive. This project will replace an estimated 7,300 linear feet of water main.

The council agreed to pay Gonzalez Companies $72,500 for engineering services to create construction drawings, specifications, permits and construction staking for the replacement.

The council agreed to pay Rhutasel & Associates Inc. a sum not to exceed $28,000 for construction engineering services during the construction of the Old Collinsville Road/Milburn School Road roundabout. This is an Illinois Department of Transportation requirement for the project.

Construction management services will be called for only when city staff are not available for such functions. Staking is required only when needed to support construction activities. The agreement with Rhutasel takes care of these requirements.

Funds from local MFT funds will be used to cover the costs of the consultant’s work.

The council also agreed to pay TWM for the lift station and sanitary sewer main extension at the Mid-America Commerce Center, not to exceed $57,700.

Mayor Roach said this is only the beginning.

“I think you will also see this as the new budget is rolled out,” he said.

Other business

The mayor noted that Jeff Taylor, department of public works director, has been appointed to the Illinois Municipal League’s public works committee.

He congratulated the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Department for a third place award from the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association, stating it was the only downstate honoree. Director Mary Jeanne Hutchinson thanked the city officials for their help, and told an anecdote about some Chicago members’ not knowing where O’Fallon is located.

The mayor will hold evening hours on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall.

City Clerk Jerry Mouser said he and the mayor will be collecting donations for Heat Up St. Louis from 7 to 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Hardee’s East location, which is by the park.

After a 49-minute executive session to discuss the sale of surplus city property at Taylor Road, the council resumed. In a 10-3 vote, with Alderman Kevin Hagarty absent, the council approved countering the offer, subject to covenant and restrictions, to be presented, and approved or denied in three weeks. Aldermen Jerry Albrecht, Ned Drolet and Andrew Lopinot voted no.

City Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19. for the Presidents’ Day holiday, and the council will meet instead on Tuesday, Feb. 20.