Lyons planting trees
Planned for parkway along improved Joliet Avenue
By Steve Metsch
Trees will be planted along Joliet Avenue from 39th Street to 47th Street in Lyons.
The Lyons Village Board, at its April 20 meeting, approved paying Roy Erikson Outdoor Maintenance, Inc., based in Crestwood, an amount not to exceed $38,400 to plant trees.
This comes a year after Joliet Avenue was rebuilt.
“We had completed the renovation project, a $1.6 million project,” Mayor Christopher Getty said. “With that, we put out for bids for new trees along that roadway.”
Those bids came back significantly higher than was expected, with a low bid of $100,000, Getty said. S, the village decided to wait a year then seek bids again.
“We thought we’d get a better price,” Getty said, noting the village did.
In other business, the village board approved awarding a contract to not exceed $243,115 to J. Nardulli Concrete, Inc., of Cicero, to transform a rock alley into a green alley.
This is part of a program being done with the MWRD, which has already seen two alleys redone in the Green Alley Program.
The board also approved authorizing Village Manager Tom Sheahan to negotiate and execute changes in the agreement with Metro Paramedic Services, Inc., which provides paramedics to the fire department.
All the above votes were 5-0 as Trustee Pat Alonzi did not attend the meeting.
In the board’s finance committee meeting held before the village board meeting, Assistant Finance Director Christina Bishop said the water fund has a slight deficit.
Officials had expected a small surplus of about $1,200, she said.
“We ended the year with a deficit,” she said. “We were doing some water loss analysis and we lost a little more than we expected.”
A leak had been found beneath the 4200 block of Joliet Avenue near the Lyons Public Library were the main connects with the line, Public Works Director Ryan Grace said.
“Other towns around us, when they have a water main break, you see a spot where the ground sinks or you see a spot where the water shoots out,” Grace said.
“With Lyons, we have bedrock not that far below the surface,” Grace said. “The water will channel, find its way to a sewer and can go undetected. It’s a challenge.”
Associated Technical Services, a leak detective service based in Villa Park, is being paid an amount not to exceed $30,544 to seek other leaks.
“We want to proactively seek out any other (water) leaks,” Getty said.
The board’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. May 4.
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