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Flossmoor will resurface nine streets – a total of 1.34 miles — in the village this year.

Village board members last week approved a $265,097 contract with Gallagher Asphalt Corp., of Thornton, which submitted the low bid for the resurfacing work.

At Monday’s board meeting, Assistant Public Works Director Tony Anczer said the streets chosen for this year’s program were judged to be in the worst condition based on frequency of potholes, surface failure, pavement raveling and overall driveability.  

Streets to be resurfaced are:

  • Tiree Court, from Ballantrae Way to the end of the street.
  •  Ballantrae Way, from Tiree Court to Selkirk Street.
  • Knollwood Drive from Dixie Highway to the end of the street.
  • Thomas Court from Tina Lane to the end of the street.
  • Thornwood Drive from Dixie Highway to the end of the street.
  • Elm Street from Brumley Drive to Central Park Avenue.
  • Elm Court from Elm Street to the end of the street.
  • Brumley Drive from Elm Street to Central Park.
  • Aspen Street from Hamlin Avenue to Maple Road.

The major portion of the street program, Anczer said, involves grinding down the existing pavement and applying a 1.5 inch-thick surface. The program also includes spot curb repairs and sidewalk replacement with Americans With Disabilities Act modifications in some resurfacing areas.

The village budgeted $220,000 for this year’s resurfacing program but Anczer said bids came in about 20 percent higher than expected. The higher bids directly correspond to a 20 percent increase in the price of asphalt since last year, he said. The program is funded by state Motor Fuel Tax funds and Flossmoor must follow Illinois Department of Transportation rules in following the bid process for the street work.

“In order to keep the project at the village’s budget of $220,000, the village has the option of decreasing the scope of the project,” Anczer wrote in a memo to the board. “However, to do so, the project would have to be rebid per IDOT rules.”

Instead, the Public Works Department asked that the project be approved at the full amount of Gallagher’s bid. The board approved that request, transferring $45,097 from the village’s general fund to make up the difference between the budget and the low bid.

In other business Monday, the village board approved two fund transfers to help meet a $200,984 shortfall in Flossmoor’s Water and Sewer Fund. Finance Director Scott Bordui said the shortfall is due to a number of factors. The price of Lake Michigan water – which Homewood and Flossmoor purchase from Harvey – has gone up dramatically in recent years.  In the last five years, Chicago has hit its water customers with steep annual increases and Harvey has passed along those higher costs. Since the start of the 2012 fiscal year, Harvey’s water prices have gone up 8.43 percent, 9.86 percent, 10.79 percent, 11.64 percent and 12.70 percent.

 At the same time, Flossmoor is not selling as much water to its residential and business customers in the village as users increasingly turn to conservation measures, Bordui said. As a result, Flossmoor’s purchase of water from Harvey has dropped almost 60,000 gallons since 2008. The village is now billing its customers for nearly 90,000 fewer gallons than it did in 2008.

Public Works Director John Brunke said the village loses water through routine flushing of the system. The current system is notoriously leaky and the village is replacing existing water mains in an eight-year project. Also, many of Flossmoor’s customers are still using old meters that do not give an accurate reading of how much water is being used. Only about half of village residential customers are now using updated meters with digital technology that give more accurate readings. Brunke said it will take one more year to install the remainder of the new meters

Bordui recommended that the board approve the two transfers, which would serve as a stopgap measure as the village continues to face challenges in the buying and selling of water. The first would be a suspension of Water and Sewer Fund transfers into the village’s Capital Equipment Fund, which would come to $125,964. The other would be a reduction – from $127,000 to $41,000 – in a transfer to the general fund for FICA, Medicare and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund expenses.

As an alternative, Bordui said the village might consider an immediate water rate increase of 86 cents per 1,000 gallons of water.

Board members, who approved a 9.1 percent water rate hike in April, opted for the transfers as the best way to meet the Water and Sewer Fund shortfall.

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