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Montgomery OKs Boulder Hill water main pact : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Montgomery OKs Boulder Hill water main pact
Second phase of project will start pending IEPA approval of plans, loan

by John Etheredge


The Montgomery Village Board voted unanimously Monday evening to award a contract totaling $2,496,103 to Conley Excavating, Inc./Superior Excavating Company, Inc., to complete the second phase of a water main replacement and improvement project in the unincorporated Boulder Hill Subdivision.

Conley and Superior, working as a joint venture, submitted the lowest of four bids received by the village for the contract, according to information presented to the board by Peter Wallers, president of Engineering Enterprises, Inc., the village's engineering consultants.

Wallers noted the awarding of the contract to the two firms is contingent on the approval of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the awarding of a low-interest loan from the IEPA to the village.

Wallers also reminded the board Conley and Superior successfully completed the first phase of the Boulder Hill water main project for the village last year.

The second phase of the project calls for the installation of approximately 8,400 feet of eight-inch water main with new water services in an area of the subdivision located north of the ComEd easement.

The bulk of the new water main will be installed under sections of Surrey and Hubbard roads, Chatham Place, and Aldon, Creve, Birchwood and Crestwood courts.

Additional mains will be installed under courts located off of Wyndham Drive and Briarcliff, Marnel, Eastfield, Sonora and Saugatuck roads.

When questioned by Village President Matt Brolley, Wallers said he expects construction will start later this year with final completion next year, assuming the village receives the IEPA approval and low interest loan.

The board deemed the water main project necessary to remedy frequent water main beaks in the subdivision and to improve water quality for residents.

Over the years many Boulder Hill residents have complained to the village about rust in their water, especially homeowners who live south of the ComEd right-of-way near the Oswegoland Civic Center at Ashlawn Avenue and Circle Drive West. To show how bad the rust problem has become, some homeowners brought samples of their rusty water in jars to a board meeting last winter.

The village provides water service to 2,830 households in Boulder Hill under terms of an agreement approved by the board and Don L. Dise, Inc., subdivision developer in 1958.

That agreement set water rates for Boulder Hill residents at one and one-half times the rates village residents paid. The village began charging Boulder Hill residents double the rates they charge to village residents in 1974 to finance the construction of a water tower and well on the village's east side that serves the subdivision, according to a 1982 study prepared by then-village engineer Paul Schuch.

Boulder Hill residents continued to pay double water rates until 2008, when the village board implemented a water rate hike for its village water customers.

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