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Dillon Avenue project gets the green light

September 6, 2018 GMT

STERLING – The City Council Tuesday approved an $866,000 stormwater and sewer improvement project for five blocks of Dillon Avenue on the city’s west side.

It’s the first phase of work on the residential street, and will run from 11th Street to LeFevre Road. It will include new storm sewers, curb and gutter, streets and sidewalks.

The city won’t know for about 2 weeks whether Twin City Construction of Sterling will begin work yet this year, but it likely won’t be done until spring.

Phase 2, from 11th Street south to Fourth Street, won’t be bid until the city can buy property along the street. City Manager Scott Shumard declined to say which property the city wants to buy.

Pipeline work

Also Tuesday, the council approved a 25-foot easement for Nicor, which is installing a 6,600-foot 12-inch gas pipeline from Rock Falls to Wallace Street in Sterling. About 2,400 feet will run under the Rock River.

The pipe will replace decades-old pipeline near the Avenue G bridge. Nicor will pay the city $50,000, to be used to build a multiuse path on the easement once the work is done, Shumard said.

The easement is required for safety reasons and to ensure no trees are planted or take root over the line. Traffic will not be affected by the work, nor will potential development in the riverfront area.

Farmers market bids

Council members also rejected two bids to improve the area south of Second Street between Avenues B and C, where the city wants to create an open market area to complement the indoor farmers market.

The lowest bid, $556,365, exceeded the engineer’s estimate of $406,099 by $152,261.35, or almost 38 percent.

That means there won’t be time to have the site ready for Sterling Main Street’s Hops on the Rock event, on Oct. 13. Staff will rebid the project in the fall for work in early spring, Shumard said.

That won’t affect the event, Main Street Executive Director Jana Groharing said

“We’ll have it in the same location. We’ll just rent a tent.”

New police officers, firefighter

The police department welcomed three new patrol officers – Madison Howard, 22, of Morrison; Spencer Morrissey, 28, of Byron; and Bradley Jasutis, 23, of Yorkville – and Tanner Seidel, 23, of Rock Falls, was sworn in as a city firefighter Tuesday.

The three new police officers are required to live withing 30 minutes of town by the end of their first year of employment.

The new hires leave the department with 28 of 29 slots filled, although Officer Adrienne Martinez, who has been with the city 6 years, will be leaving this month to take a job with the federal government, Chief Tim Morgan said.