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McCullom Lake looks to complete multiyear stormwater sewer project

McCULLOM LAKE – The bids on the final phase of a stormwater sewer project that has stretched longer than three years came in higher than expected, the village president said.

Elgin-based Abitua Plumbing's low bid of just less than $300,000 came in about $40,000 more than the amount the village of McCullom Lake was awarded in federal Community Development Block Grant dollars, Village President Terry Counley.

Village officials will work with the company to see if the price can be brought down before bringing the matter back before the Village Board next month, he said.

If the vote moves forward, the installation of stormwater sewer pipes, drains and manholes along Maple Hill Drive and Spring Road would start in the spring and be done by the end of the summer, Counley said.

The work would be the final phase of a seven-phase stormwater project that started about three-and-a-half years ago and has bounced over the village, Counley said, adding that the areas with the worst flooding were tackled first.

"We used to have a real water problem, a real drainage problem. No more. It’s a long time coming," he said.

The entire project was paid for using federal grants, Counley said. The village was responsible for just the engineering.

Once the village wraps up this project, it doesn't have any other projects lined up though Counley said he'd like there to be one, pointing to McCullom Lake Road.

The village had hoped to receive another federal grant to cover the $300,000 needed for repaving last year, but when the grant didn't come through the village moved ahead with minor repairs, mostly patching.

The city of McHenry completed repaving their section of the road this year.

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