S. Beloit council discusses sewer issue

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SOUTH BELOIT - The South Beloit City Council was briefed Monday about recent troubles with a sewer lift station and possible hefty expenses that may be necessary to replace it and related equipment.

Jeff Reininger, South Beloit Superintendent of Public Works said Lift Station 1 recently experienced operation troubles. The pump had to be cleaned out a few times and the line was found to contain a large amount of grit, gravel and even a mop head. Reininger said the lift station, which pumps sewage to the wastewater treatment plant, had not been cleaned in about seven years. The force main pressurized sewer pipe associated with the lift station may need to be replaced and the lift station itself may need to be replaced. The force main replacement could cost as much as $850,000 Reininger estimates. The line runs under the Rock River.

In other business, the city council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation regarding repairs and resurfacing of Illinois Route 2 from Gardner Street to the railroad tracks near the intersection.

Lori Duffy, commissioner of streets and public improvement, said the city initially would pay for the resurfacing, but the Illinois Department of Transportation would reimburse the city, since Route 2 is a state highway. Duffy said not specific date for the repair project has been announced, but it is expected to be complete by the fall of this year.

The council also approved the bid from Stateline Technologies to complete computer upgrades at City Hall at the police department at a cost of $26,886.70.

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