Forest Park’s village council voted unanimously May 23 to award Christopher Burke Engineering the $26,110 engineering services contract for the 15th street sewer separation project.

This was the last contract the village had to approve before the project could get underway. When completed, the section of 15th Street between Marengo and Circle avenues will have two separate sets of sewers for stormwater and water that goes into faucets, which is expected to reduce flooding. The village is currently applying for federal funding to build another section, between Marengo and Elgin avenues, but that project isn’t expected to start until at least next year. 

Christopher Burke has been a long-time engineering consultant for Forest Park on a number of projects. In this particular case, it will review construction schedules and plans, track the construction’s process and maintain the lines of communications between the contractor, its subcontractor and the village, make sure all the materials comply with state law, and inspect the new sewers once they’re done.

During its May 9 meeting, the village council approved the $392,450 contract with Downers Grove based Uno Construction to do the actual construction. The project received $360,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding through a Cook County grant, with the village planning to use up to $40,000 from its capital fund as a local match.

The Marengo to Elgin project is projected to cost $450,000. Forest Park is applying for the CDBG funds to cover $375,000 of the total, with the village’s VIP fund covering the remaining $75.000. 

The village council approved the Burke contract unanimously and without discussion. 

According to the bid documents, the project is expected to take 35 days.