One of the alleys slated for improvement after the Maywood Board of Trustees voted to award a construction contract to Triggi Construction at a June 9 special meeting. | File
Friday, June 10, 2016 || By Michael Romain
At a June 9 special meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees approved the awarding of a $456,709 contract to Triggi Construction, Inc. for alley and parking lot improvements. Construction is projected to start on June 27 and to be finished in mid-August.
The alley improvements will take place between Main Street and Lake Street, between 9th and 8th Avenues, between 6th and 5th Avenues and between 5th and 4th Avenues. Parking lot improvements will take place on village-owned property adjacent to the Maywood Fine Arts dance studio currently under construction on Fifth Avenue, between Main and Lake Streets.
The scope of the project includes alley pavements, the replacement and//or removal of defective concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk, drainage improvements and the construction of an asphalt parking lot, among other improvements. The village will fund the project through a St. Charles Road TIF escrow account.
At the June 9 meeting, Mayor Edwenna Perkins expressed her dissatisfaction with Triggi Construction. She said, based on past work the company did in the village, she wasn’t comfortable with them doing the job. Triggi was the lowest bid among eight proposals and it underbid the engineer’s estimate of the project by more than $20,000.
The village’s contracted engineering firm, Edwin Hancock Engineering Co., however, found Triggi “qualified to complete the work specified,” according to a memo. Hancock noted that it based its judgment on “past village experiences, the interview of contractor supplied references from other communities, and the review of their current work under contract.”
Triggi’s most recent work in the village was a 2014 Washington Boulevard roadway improvement project, which entailed the repair of that street from 6th to 2nd Avenues. In 2012, Triggi completed water main and roadway improvements on Main Street.
At the June 9 meeting, Trustee Michael Rogers told village staff members to track the project’s progress in order to ensure that Triggi was doing quality work.
Fifth Avenue train station construction agreement approved
A proposed design of a new train station at the Fifth Avenue Metra station, which moved closer to completion after the Maywood Board of Trustees approved a roughly $190,000 construction agreement with Christopher Burke Engineering on June 9. | File
At the June 9 meeting, the board also approved an agreement with Christopher B. Burke Engineering worth roughly $190,000, which would go toward the construction of the Fifth Avenue train station.
The scope of Burke’s work would include removing the existing bus shelter at the site, building a warming shelter and installing ADA-approved parking facilities, among other tasks.
The proposed $2.3 million station has been in the works since at least 2011, when the village applied for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant to secure funds for the station’s construction.
Board approves $221K for new fire engine as chief says personnel lacking
The board also utilized the June 9 special meeting to unanimously approve an invoice of roughly $220,000 for the purchase of an emergency response chassis for the Maywood Fire Department, which has long been troubled by an aging, increasingly unreliable fleet of emergency response vehicles.
Perkins approved the purchase despite her vocal criticism of the proposed purchase in the past. At Thursday’s meeting, she prefaced her vote in favor of the purchase by noting her disapproval of the expenditure, which she has said is too large considering the village’s cash-strapped financial condition.
In a memo attached to the invoice, Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh noted that his department is currently awaiting five new hires.
“As a result of not having these new hires,” Bronaugh wrote, “the department is experiencing excessive overtime […] With the firefighters’ vacationing season quickly approaching, without the addition of new hires to fill the vacancies, this issue will continue.” VFP