Johnsburg’s ‘octopus’ sewer project almost done

JOHNSBURG – The sewer project that closed down a chunk of Fairview Avenue for six weeks in the fall is “substantially complete,” Johnsburg’s village administrator said.

“It is on time. It is within the budget,” Village Administrator Claudett Peters said.

The completed phase cost just more than $880,000, most of that going to the contractor, Glenbrook Excavating.

It is being paid for with federal and state grant funding.

All that’s left for the spring is resurfacing areas of the road that were cut open for the project and landscape restoration, Peters said.

That will cost about $100,000.

Fairview Avenue won’t have to be completely closed, although there might be some temporary lane closures while they’re being paved, she said.

The project involved installing sewer infrastructure along Fairview Avenue from Chapel Hill Road to Church Street and continuing onto west Church Street about 300 feet.

The installation is the backbone of a larger project that eventually will serve more than 400 properties in Johnsburg, Peters said.

“It’s like an octopus,” Trustee Rich Janusz said. “It’s the main vein. You have the ability to hook the arteries if you would.”

About 30 properties, including the Johnsburg Public Library, Johnsburg Junior High School and James C. Bush Elementary School, can hook up with the completed section.

The 300 feet on Church Street weren’t originally part of the plan, Janusz said, but the village’s engineering firm, HR Green, was frugal enough to continue on Church Street.

“It doesn’t sound like much but it goes far enough that it gives the junior and the grade school the ability to hook on,” he said.

The village is determining what the connection costs will be and will notify property owners when that information is available, Peters said.

They are not required to hook up.

Because of years of contention over the sewer system – which included a lawsuit that ended up before the Illinois Supreme Court – neighborhoods will have to approach the village if they want to get added to the system.

About 70 percent of residents in a neighborhood must sign a petition to go ahead with a sewer project. After the petition is submitted, a public hearing will be held, followed by a 60-day objection period.

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