In the central part of the city, 77 manholes are being replaced. Because of old brick foundations below the streets of the city's oldest section, manholes are eroding from age and sewer gas. The brick is being replaced by concrete, and the holes are being sprayed with an epoxy.
Whether it's dealing with severe needs in service to the public, keeping in compliance with the IEPA or balancing need with available tax dollars, Miller takes it all in stride. This is possible with the help the city council, engineering staff and the operations division of the Public Works Department, said Miller
“It can be a struggle to make the needed improvements with funding,” said Miller. “The city has to be wise with money.”