Effingham Daily News
In an effort to keep basements from flooding, Teutopolis village officials are considering either lining manholes or replacing them outright.
Village Foreman Carl Pals told the Teutopolis Village Board Wednesday that it would cost between $10,000 and $12,000 to replace each 17-foot-deep manhole deemed necessary to replace, and about $9,600 to line the manholes.
Pals said there were about a dozen manholes in town that needed work. Six of those, he said, needed urgent attention because they were becoming clogged and driving water and sewage into nearby basements. He told the board he would check with other municipalities that have undergone similar projects before reporting back with a more definite recommendation.
Pals said the new manholes would make it easier for village personnel to diagnose sewer-related issues. Some parts of town, he said, need additional manholes.
In action taken Wednesday, the board approved a subdivision plat for Paul Grunloh. Grunloh had wanted to split a lot in two at the intersection of Northern Row and Plum.
While the board granted Grunloh's plat request, it denied his request for a waiver of the village sidewalk ordinance. As a result, he will have to build a 50-foot sidewalk that will not, at least now, connect with other sidewalks.
Trustee Greg Hess pointed out the village had not granted similar waivers, while Trustee Dave Tegeler said more sidewalks may some day be put in.
"It may seem like a sidewalk to nowhere right now, but there may be other development in the future," Tegeler said.
Village President Jerry Weber said the board had to see a hardship before the ordinance could be waived.
"I don't see a hardship," Weber said. "It's possible to put it in, though I don't know what it would be used for."
In other action, the board:
* Agreed to pay Farnsworth Group $1,536.87 for work on the Missing Mile project.
* Allowed Police Chief Jeff Bushue to pay a gun safe for $800. Half the cost will be covered by a grant.
Also Wednesday, Weber said a public hearing on the Missing Mile project would be set for 5:30 p.m. March 7 at the Teutopolis American Legion building. This hearing will be the public's chance to weigh in on the project, which has been billed as the creation of an alternate route between Effingham and Teutopolis.
The Missing Mile is a term used to describe the mile between the east end of Evergreen Avenue in Effingham and the west end of Water Street in Teutopolis. Proponents want to build a road through what is now ravine-filled scrubland to relieve traffic pressure on nearby U.S. 40.
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