Posted Online: Aug. 10, 2014, 8:46 pm

R.I. council to vote on $10.6M sewer upgrade

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By Jonathan Turner,

Rock Island aldermen will vote tonight on spending $10.6 million on one project as part of its massive, multi-year long-term control plan to upgrade its stormwater and sewer systems.

The low bid for a new 6th Avenue relief sewer system is $10,622,394 from Brandt Construction, which is below the city engineer's estimate of $11.5 million, according to a memo in the city council packet for Monday's meeting. This project is expected to be funded in part by a loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the council memo says.

The 6th Avenue sewer project will extend across U.S. 67, also known as 11th Street, running from 24th Street to the Rock Island Parkway.

The work is part of the city's $70-million long-term control plan, mandated by the EPA, which must be completed by 2018. The plan includes expansion of the Mill Street Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will go from treating 16 million gallons per day to 106 million gallons per day,

In other business today, the city council will hold a public hearing on a liquor license application from the owner of Mama Compton's restaurant at 1725 2nd Ave. The business previously held a liquor license, but it has been more than year since a license was last held, according to a memo from the police department.

Mama Compton's sought a hearing to waive the signature requirements (from surrounding properties to support a liquor license application) for two properties -- the old Warehouse and the old Kai's, nearby on 2nd Avenue. Both buildings are in foreclosure, according to the Mama Compton's owner, who seeks permission to sell beer and wine at the restaurant.

Aldermen also will consider a development agreement with the owners of Steel Warehouse, to grant $250,000 to support railroad track improvements for its site at 4305 81st Avenue West.

The company moved to Rock Island in 1997 and added a 40,000-square-foot building in 2006, presently employing 70 people, according to a council memo. The company wants to add 1,600 feet of new railroad track and two switches to the existing rail service on the north side of its property, to allow more steel to be shipped to and staged on the site, the memo says.

Total cost for the new rail is $553,000, including the cost to develop a new access road to the property, according to the memo. Steel Warehouse is also working with the state on additional funding sources.

The city would allocate its funds upon completion of the project, the council memo says. Steel Warehouse plans to invest a total of $1.5 million in equipment and other site upgrades, the memo says.

The community and economic development department staff recommends approval of the city help because it will accommodate the company's needs and help retain its manufacturing jobs.

The council meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. on the third floor of city hall, 1528 3rd Ave. For a complete agenda, visit