JOLIET – The Joliet City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.427 million bid for construction of two tunnels at the Joliet Multi-Modal Regional Transportation Center, even though the bid is 50.6 percent above the engineering estimate.
City Manager Jim Hock recommended the council award the contract to John Burns Construction, the lower of two bids on the project.
Construction of the two tunnels has to be coordinated with all railroad traffic on the Heritage Corridor tracks, Hock said.
The council also issued a resolution of support for legislation by Rep. Larry Walsh Jr. that would allow the Will County Board to place a $15 to $30 filing fee on all cases filed at the Will County Courthouse.
Proceeds would be used toward the purchase of new courthouse. The city would like the new courthouse to remain in downtown Joliet. The county is considering purchasing the nearby Midwest Bank building.
In other business, the council approved:
• Extending the firefighter eligibility list through May 2015. The list currently has 178 candidates. Nine of the first 20 have been conditionally approved as firefighters. By extending the list, the city will save about $40,000 in recruiting and testing costs, Hock said.
• Declaring a vacant home at 217 S. May St. as nuisance. The dilapidated house will be demolished.
• Selling a rehabilitated house at 3772 Buck St. to Rebecca Hicks for $150,000 through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Hicks will receive $33,000 in assistance for the down payment and closing costs.
• Appropriating $231,534 for work on Hutchins Street from Kelly Avenue to Wilcox Street and Highland Avenue to Cora Street. The work contract was awarded to P.T. Ferro Construction Co.
• Paying user fees for the StarCom21 statewide public safety radio system. The city has 523 radios on the system. The fee runs $34 per radio. Cost for the remainder of 2014 will be $177,820.
• Awarding a pair of $12,600 contracts to Full Force LLC, an $8,975 contract to Green Valley Lawn Service and an $11,340 and $9,450 contract to A&R’s Lawn Service for cleanup, weed cutting and mowing of 172 vacant lots in the city.
• Purchasing hot mix road patching materials at $54 to $57 a ton from Joliet Asphalt, Gallagher Materials, P.T. Ferro Construction Co. and D Construction Inc. and aggregate from Lafarge North and Vulcan Materials. The city plans to use about 13,375 tons of aggregate and 2,000 tons of hot mix this year.