The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board will be asked to approve a $74,243 emergency expenditure for a new water service that was installed over the winter break at Dawes School, located at Oakton Street and Dodge Avenue.

According to documentation in the agenda packet for the board meeting tomorrow night, Evanston’s Utilities Dept. replaced an interior valve at the school on Dec. 23.

The city turned off the water service to the school for the day while they did the work and then turned it back on later that afternoon, according to a letter to the district from city Distribution Supervisor Tim Bartus.

On Dec. 26, the school’s maintenance staff complained of low water pressure. When the city crew checked the line, they heard a leak but were unable to determine its exact location.

Bartus noted in his letter, dated Dec. 27, that the city had replaced the water service between the water main and the parkway in 2006.

“Since this section of the service is currently leaking and has experienced several leaks in the past,” he wrote, “we strongly recommend that water service be replaced.”

He noted that water service between the parkway and the building is the responsibility of the property owner, which in this case is the school district.

The district received a proposal on Dec. 31 from Terry Garrity Plumbing, at 1909 Greenwood Ave., to do the work, but the cost was not specified.

The invoice for the job, dated Jan. 8, called for $31,000 to remove concrete, excavate to expose the water line, replace 450 feet of main water line, and connect it to the city main.

In addition, equipment rental was billed at $10,000, materials at $17,793.45, and labor for five plumbers at $157.65 an hour that totaled $15,450.

The invoice total came to $74,243.45.

There is little doubt that the payment will be approved Tuesday night, as it is included in the “consent agenda” that groups routine items that require no discussion and would receive a unanimous vote of board members present and voting.

Any board member, however, can have an item removed from the consent agenda for discussion and a separate vote.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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    1. Bid requirement was waived

      Because the work was deemed to be of an emergency nature, the requirement that work in excess of $50,000 be put out for bid was waived.


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