The Silver Lake Village Board on Wednesday approved a bid for storm sewer repair for $533,702.
Awarding the bid to Wanasek Corporation was approved unanimously, with Trustee Patrick Dunn absent and Trustee Chris Willkomm abstaining due to family and work connections to Wanasek.
The work would only repair or replace the sewers identified as most urgent for replacement.
How the village will pay for the expenditure has not been decided yet. Village Clerk Terry Faber said a Board of Commissioners of Public Land State Trust Fund Loan would be one possibility and seeking a loan from a bank would be another.
“These storm sewers have needed to be replaced for a long time; I don’t know why previous boards kept putting it off, it only got more expensive,” said Willkomm, who returned to the board this April.
The Wanasek bid was not the lowest. The low bidder, Bradford Corporation, however asked to be released from its bid due to errors that made it too low. Bradford had bid $388,000.
Earlier in the meeting, the board voted to release Bradford from its bid due to the errors, but also voted to not return a $19,000 bid bond from Bradford.