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Hampshire OKs pact with tollway on moving sewer

Updated: March 11, 2013 6:43AM

HAMPSHIRE — As part of the Interstate 90 widening and improvement project, an agreement between the village and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority was approved by the village board so that a sewer main can be relocated.

Several weeks ago, the toll authority notified the village that village-owned utility mains running under the Interstate 90 bridge at Route 20 were in conflict with the tollway’s plans to widen and improve the highway. The village was allowed to place the utility mains in the right of way with the permission of the toll authority as long as the village agreed to relocate or move the mains as needed. After all of the mains were inspected, it was determined that only the sewer main needs to be relocated.

Since the actual relocation project will be part of the bridge widening contract, the village will need to reimburse the tollway for the costs associated with the sewer main relocation.

“The tollway authority will be assessing a construction engineering fee of 16 percent of the actual relocation costs, estimated at $154,250, resulting in an additional charge to the village of $24,680,” said Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner. “The tollway authority will require the village to pay 80 percent of the bid amount attributable to the relocation at the time of the bid award. The remainder will be required upon contract close.”

Maxeiner said that the relocation of the main will not interrupt services to businesses at the Hampshire truck stop.

In other news, Village President Jeffrey Magnussen told the board that organizers of the 2013 Coon Creek Country Days festival — slated for Aug. 1-4 — are looking for people to volunteer to help at this year’s event.

“They currently have 20 volunteers,” Magnussen said. “They are reaching out to civic groups like the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Knights of Columbus. The next meeting to discuss the 2013 Coon Creek Country Days is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Hampshire Professional Center.”

The center is at 895 S. State St.

As a final note, Trustee George Brust announced that Clarke Mosquito Control Products Inc. will charge $12,948.02 for this year’s mosquito control program in the village. Brust said that the company has offered the same service at the same rate for the past four years.

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