O'Fallon Progress

It’s been 13 years, but Shiloh may still get the state to pay for Seibert Road work

From left, Shiloh Trustees Mark Herrmann, Kurt Burrelsman and Colleen Powers during Monday, Feb. 5 regular board meeting.
From left, Shiloh Trustees Mark Herrmann, Kurt Burrelsman and Colleen Powers during Monday, Feb. 5 regular board meeting. rkirsch@bnd.com

The village of Shiloh is hoping that 13 will be its lucky number.

The village trustees gave final approval Monday for the execution of a joint funding agreement seeking reimbursements from state of Illinois for the last phases of Seibert Road reconstruction — 13 years after the project began.

It was in 2005 that the Seibert Road reconstruction was originally approved and funding allocated by the village.

The village submitted reimbursement requests to the state for the entire project in July 2012, which the state accepted by March 2013.

In October 2015, another request was submitted to the state for supplemental construction engineering services asking federal participation in the amount of just under $35,000.

But, the joint agreement was “never executed,” according to a memorandum issued to the board Jan. 19 by Megan Fuhler, director of public works.

However, the Illinois Department of Transportation recently reached out to the village to indicate the money may still be coming.

“But in order to do so, the village must approve and execute the attached joint agreement and submit to the state as soon as possible,” Fuhler said.

So, trustees gave final, unanimous approval during Monday’s board meeting.

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From left, Bill Boker, village treasurer; Shiloh Trustees Greg O’Neil, Tina Warchol and Bob Weilmuenster during Monday, Feb. 5 regular board meeting. Robyn L. Kirsch rkirsch@bnd.com

Village officials could not immediately provide the total project cost spanning five phases and 10 years.

The project work focused on road reconstruction of Seibert Road from the village’s municipal building on Park Drive down to Illinois 158.

Shiloh-SAFB trail

Trustees also gave final approval for Tax Increment Finance funds to be used for the construction engineering services for phase 1 and 2 of Shiloh-Scott Air Force Base Pedestrian Bike Enhancement project on Seibert Road.

Approval was also given for a construction contract with Keller Construction Inc. on the project.

A solicitor permit application for Melissa Sterling, representing Edward Jones, was approved by majority, with Trustee Kurt Burrelsman being the lone opposing vote.

Robyn L. Kirsch: 618-239-2690, @BND_RobynKirsch

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