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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:13

Engineering firm has said paving, stormwater pond could cost $2.4 million

Village of Belgium officials left no doubt that they plan to upgrade Silver Beach Road after approving a $271,000 design agreement with its engineer.

The Village Board approved a contract allowing McMahon Group to provide roadway design, stormwater management and Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant assistance, for a project that could cost the village $2.4 million.

The paving of Silver Beach Road and installation of a stormwater retention pond will promote business in the area and attract potential businesses to the industrial park, Village President Rich Howells said.

“This project would encourage truckers to take a shorter route to get to the industrial park,” Howells said.

The road, which would be paved from the industrial park to Highway LL, will cost an estimated $1.3 million. The retention pond is expected to cost $1.1 million.

Engineer and design work will take about a year, Matt Greely, senior project engineer for

McMahon Group, said. Construction on the project could start by June 2015.

Financial Advisor Dave Wagner said the village could split a loan for the $271,300 between this year and 2015.

“It’s possible that you could take out half the money this fall and the other half a year later,” Wagner said.

The contract calls for $90,000 for roadway design, which will include preliminary design plans for the road, coordination with utilities and final design and updated costs.

Another $68,800 will be used for stormwater management, including options for the pond and preliminary and final designs.

Other services included in the contract are topographic surveying, right of way dedication, drainage design, wetland delineation, permit application submittal and coordination and bidding the projects.

Some trustees questioned how the project would accommodate with the railroad tracks that run over Silver Beach Road.

Greely said the railroad, run by Canadian National, typically pays for the existing width of the crossing, or about 16 to 18 feet.

“We usually will do a cost estimate when the project is about 30% designed and talk to the railroad about their costs at that point,” he said.

Dan Gasser, who owns property on Silver Beach Road, said he supports the project,  but doesn’t want it to harm his farm equipment.

“I’m not against it at all, but I don’t want it to harm any of my stuff,” he said.

Wagner has said that the stormwater pond and possibly one-half of the road could be paid for by a tax-incremental financing district that was created in 1995. The village could also apply for TEA grants to help defray the final cost.

“We’re kind of backed into a corner here, but we have to do it now,” Trustee Vickie Boehnlein said. “We’re kind of running out of time.”


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