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City Council moves ahead on infrastructure projects

Water and sewer, roundabout items approved

STERLING – New sewer construction and soil testing at the former Lawrence Brothers site met with City Council approval Tuesday.

As part of the capital improvement plan, storm sewer construction will be done on Fourth Avenue from 19th Street to Folkers Road, on Fifth Avenue from 19th Street to Grobe Road and on 23rd Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

The work will take several years, and only preliminary work will take place this year since many of the utility lines already underground first must be moved.

“We were hoping for this year, but to move all of the utilities will take all summer,” City Manager Scott Shumard said. “We’ll start (on the remainder of the project) next year.”

Strand Engineering will perform the work, which will include full street, curb and gutter, and sidewalk construction for the three locations.

Cost for the project includes preliminary engineering for $96,000. Bid documents and construction engineering is estimated at $173,000 and the construction estimate is $1.4 million to $1.5 million.

Funding for the project will come from the Local Option Sales Tax funded Stormwater Fund.

An environmental study to test the soil at the former Lawrence Brothers factory site also was approved. Fehr Graham Engineering will do 54 borings throughout the site. Work should begin in about a month and take about 2 months to complete.

The study will cost about $85,000, plus $25,000 for lab tests if required.

Joel Zirkle of Fehr Graham said borings will go about 15-20 feet deep to get an understanding of what contaminants may be present.

“We will grid the entire inside and it’s about three parcels there,” Zirkle said. “We will get data that covers the entire site.”

Funding for this first step of Phase 2 work comes from the Sterling Industrial Development Commission, which authorized using money from the now-dissolved Revolving Loan Fund program.

The roundabout project at West LeFevre Road and Lynn Boulevard also took two steps forward with the approval of two ordinances annexing property from the Sterling Park District at the northwest corner of the intersection, and another parcel at the northeast corner from the Sterling Industrial Development Commission.

Next meeting

The City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. March 4 in the first-floor Council Chambers at City Hall, 212 Third Ave.

Go to or call City Hall at 815-632-6621 for an agenda or more information.

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