Yorkville City Council committee approves bid for downtown sidewalk replacement

Public works officials also send $200,000 budget amendment to city council for new bucket truck

Aldermen on the Yorkville City Council’s Public Works Committee approved a $140,000 a bid to replace five downtown sidewalks during a meeting Wednesday, July 21.

Sidewalks set to be replaced include sections along Main, Van Emmon, Morgan and State streets in the downtown along with a total re-do of sidewalks around the Beecher Center at 901 Game Farm Road. The bid, awarded to the Skokie firm of Schroeder & Schroeder, Inc., came in $10,000 under budget. Construction is expected to begin in September and conclude the following month.

In other business, the public works committee sent a $200,000 budget amendment to city council for a new bucket truck. While the city’s current truck is still operable, Public Works Director Eric Dhuse said a dealer is two years away from being able to build and sell a truck. By purchasing the taller truck, the city would be able to perform electric work it typically has to contract out.

“We’d be able to set our own street light bulbs,” Dhuse said. “The hard hitting part of this is it’s over $200,000 and this is an unbudgeted expense, but it won’t even be realized until next fiscal year.”

Lucas Robinson

Lucas Robinson covers politics, courts, schools and the pandemic in Kendall County and Yorkville for Shaw Media. His work has previously appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Buenos Aires Times, Open Secrets and USAToday. He grew up in Muncie, Indiana.