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Bloomington Seeks Bids for Upgraded Sewers

BLOOMINGTON - The city of Bloomington is getting ready to upgrade a major artery through town.
BLOOMINGTON - The City of Bloomington is getting ready to upgrade a major artery through town.

City council members approved plans to seek out bids for a $3.5 million dollar deal on Monday that will revamp its sewer system and will include resurfacing a large part of Washington Street.

The stretch would now have two pipes for storm water and sanitary disposal, from Moore to Mercer Avenue. If it passes, the project could get started by early September, and run through December 2015.

"We've entered into kind of a long-range plan with the EPA to eliminate those because those combined sewer overflows are really not desired from a community standpoint,” said Jim Karch, public works director for the city of Bloomington.

Council members say they're hoping this next phase of the project goes by without any weather-related or construction hiccups.

"Phase One had its concerns. It sounds like some of that will be addressed. We won't have another Fairview Avenue (problem), which is good," said Ald. Judy Stearns.

The city approved a contract for the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts employees. The contract would bump pay up from between $9 and $12 an hour to about $16 or $17, with the chance for raises.

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