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Aldermen approve sewer lining contract in Geneva

Joint bid with Batavia, St. Charles reduces cost

GENEVA – Geneva aldermen approved a combined bid document with Batavia and St. Charles for sanitary and storm sewer lining for $250,000 to Hoerr Construction.

Aldermen voted 9-0 with one absent at the Sept. 4 City Council meeting.

The bid was for nearly $245,400, and staff recommended budgeting not to exceed $250,000 if heavy cleaning is necessary, documents show. Heavy cleaning would be for significant roots, grease or mineral deposits necessary to be removed in order to line the sanitary sewer, documents show.

The total footage of sanitary sewer to be lined under the contract will be nearly 6,000 square feet, documents show.

Sanitary sewer lining is an ongoing program to decrease inflow and infiltration. This is the third year of combined bidding for the three cities, officials said.

Superintendent of Water and Wastewater Bob VanGyseghem said at the Aug. 27 Committee of the Whole meeting that the sewer lining has a 75-year life, but that everything done in previous years and this year covers only 10 percent of the city’s sewer lines.

St. Charles aldermen approved a bid of $705,000 to Hoerr Construction on Aug. 27.

The bid from Hoerr Construction is expected to come before the Batavia Committee of the Whole Sept. 18 and then the City Council for final action, Batavia Superintendent of Water and Sewer Jeremy Barkei said.

The Batavia part of the bid also includes water pipes, as well as storm and sanitary sewer pipes, Barkei said.

The lining process is also known as “cured in place pipe,” Barkei said.

“‘Cured in place pipe’ means the existing pipe has been cleaned and becomes the host to the liner that they install,” Barkei said. “It [the liner] is stronger, seamless and prevents more inflow and infiltration. It prevents water from getting in through the seams of a clay pipe – ground water that we don’t want getting into our wastewater treatment plants.”

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