By Bob Uphues
Brookfield trustees on Aug. 27 awarded an $85,127 contract to Addison-based Strada Construction to install 11,433 square feet – or about 460 squares – of sidewalk throughout the village this fall.
Work is slated to begin this month, said Public Works Director Amy Wagner, though as of late last week there was no firm start date.
"I'm hoping we're starting sometime in September, the sooner the better," Wagner said.
Unlike in some prior years, the 2018 sidewalk replacement program will address locations throughout the village and not in one particular zone. This spring, the village asked residents to request repairs to sidewalks that were deteriorating or presented trip hazards.
In addition to those locations, officials also received requests to replace sidewalks that had more cosmetic, rather than safety, issues. The village offered those residents the opportunity to replace the sidewalk squares by sharing the cost equally with the village.
About 1,600 square feet (65 squares) of sidewalk qualified for the 50/50 cost share. Residents will be contributing about $10,900 total as their share of the cost.
The village budgeted $50,000 for sidewalk replacement in 2018, but the village board adopted a recommendation from Wagner to put an additional $25,000 into this year's program, by diverting funds earmarked in the budget for street crack sealing and pavement rejuvenator.
"I felt we could hold off on those for another year," Wagner said. "It was more important to get these sidewalk locations repaired."
According to Michelle Robbins, the village's human resources director, since the beginning of 2016, three people have made insurance claims against the village after tripping on sidewalks. One of those claims resulted in a payout of $15,000, she said.
Strada Construction submitted the lowest of three bids the village received for the work.
Alley paving set to start
For the first time in nearly a decade, a pair of Brookfield residential alleys will be paved as part of the village's special assessment process.
In August, the village board awarded contracts to pave the alley between the 4100 blocks of Deyo Avenue and DuBois Boulevard as well as the alley between the 3500 blocks of Prairie and Forest avenues.
Work is expected to begin later this month and continue into November. Unlike prior alley paving projects, which were traditional concrete pavement, these two alleys will utilize green technology in the form of permeable pavers in addition to concrete.
The village board at a special meeting on Aug. 15 awarded the 4100 Deyo/DuBois alley project to Triggi Construction, which submitted the lowest of four bids at $317,863.
On Aug. 27, the village awarded the 3500 Prairie/Forest contract to MYS Inc.in the amount of $223,675. The village board selected MYS after the initial low-bidder, A Lamp Concrete, withdrew its bid. MYS, which had submitted the second-lowest bid, agreed to lower some of its pricing so that the total came in closer to A Lamp's bid.
Awarding the contracts completes a months' long process, which started with residents of the block passing petitions to gauge support for creating the special assessment to pay for the work.
The village paid for engineering and legal costs, but construction costs are shared by property owners based on the lineal footage of their lots. The special assessment will be levied and will be applied to residents' property tax bills for the next 10 years.
The last time residents followed the special assessment process through to completion to pave an alley in Brookfield was in 2009.