Latest contract awarded for West Park tank project

Wilmette forged another contractual link in its chain of slow progress toward a West Park underground sewage containment tank when it gave the nod July 22 to a company that will oversee the initial design phase for the 5.5 million project.

Village trustees unanimously approved a $27,900 contract with Libertyville-based RHMG Engineers Inc. The company provided the lowest of three proposals, and its award was passed without comment as part of the board’s omnibus consent agenda.

Under the contract, which names RHMG as “owner’s representative,” the company will review work being done now by Wheaton-based RJN Group.

Wilmette hired the latter company in early July for $226,134, to complete preliminary designs for excavation prior to the 5.5 million gallon tank being installed, as well as completing 40 percent of the design work on the tank itself and its connected pump station.

RHMG’s contract calls for company representatives to review RJN Group’s work, and check for ways in which it can be undertaken more economically. RHMG will also attend weekly meetings, and help with general project management to maintain Wilmette’s control over design and construction, village Engineering Director Brigitte Berger explained in her July 17 report to the board.

Progress on the project continues at the legal level as well. Administrators at the Wilmette Park District, which owns West Park, reviewed the proposed intergovernmental agreement between it and Wilmette with members of the park board’s parks and recreation committee on July 21.

At the time, District Director Steve Wilson told committee members his staff would like to be able to bring the full board up to date on those legal negotiations when they meet in August, although he did not know whether the contract would be complete or ready for them to approve at that time.

Berger and other village officials hope to get the project underway quickly, and operational by the spring of 2016. The tank will hold excess sanitary sewer overflow during after heavy rain storms, and could prevent that overflow from backing up into the basements of roughly 1,300 homes in west Wilmette.

TANK TEAM

WHO: RHMG Engineers Inc.

FROM: Libertyville

CONTRACT: $27,900

TO: Oversee West Park project design work

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