Monterey plans to rebid sewer upgrade project

Monterey Town Council members feel it’s in their best interest to continue with the sewer system upgrade project and rebid it. 
During a regular council meeting on May 11, the council approved to move forward with the project after some changes were made to the scope of the project. 
Some of the changes to the project were installing a different pump instead of a specialized pump; not building a complete structure but framing and a roof; and eliminating the ultraviolet system. 
The reason for the changes is that only one bid was received during the last bidding process and it was $190,000 more than the town has to spend which is $219,500. That funding comes from an Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant and a local match. 
Council members were given a new line item document that would fit what OCRA is looking for. According to the line items, the revised project is estimated to cost $195,000 with an alternate of $215,325. 
Shawn Cain, a Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission (KIRPC) grant administrator, said OCRA will most likely want a public hearing to be held. 
If OCRA does not ask for a public hearing then the project can be rebid. 
Councilman Jim Fleury said he is not going to support anything that he can’t see on paper. 
If the town does not move forward with the project, there is still a bill of about $60,000 in engineering and soft costs. 
A motion was approved to accept the revised scope that includes items outlined in a memo forwarded to OCRA on April 29, 2016; along with permission to rebid the project pending any additional stipulations, requirements and approval by OCRA of the revised scope. 
Fleury opposed the motion. 

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