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Request for bids: Site preparation general contractor

March 26, 2015 – 4:58 pm | 50 views

Millennium Reserve logoThe South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) is seeking bids from qualified Contractors for Site Preparation & Earthwork activities for the Millennium Reserve Calumet River Corridor Green Infrastructure Consortium project (download the RFP here). SSMMA has acquired a grant to fund green infrastructure planning, mapping and implementation activities within the Calumet Core of the Millennium Reserve.   Engineering Plans have been prepared for three (3) sites and summary quantities detailed for the communities of Blue Island, Robbins, and Calumet Park.  The Contractor will perform the excavation and haul off work in order for a landscape firm to perform the installation of Rain Gardens.  The Contractor will coordinate scheduling directly with our engineer and landscape firm prior to any construction activities. Below is a Scope of Work of each site. 

Scope of Work

  • Blue Island Site – SW Corner of Washington Ave. & 120th St.:  Located at the southwest corner of Washington Ave. & 120th St. in Blue Island, the parkway is to be excavated approximately 18” and soil material hauled off.  A series of curb cuts with splashblocks are also included in this scope. Click here for the summary of quantities.
  • Robbins Site – SW Corner of Claire Blvd. & 137th St.:  Located at the southwest corner of Claire Blvd. & 137th St. in Robbins, this site is approximately 0.50 acres.  The site will be cleared and grubbed of topsoil material and graded to finished grade for seeding installation.  Two (2) rain gardens will be excavated and material hauled off. Click here for the summary of quantities.
  • Calumet Park Site –Veteran’s Park:  Located at Veteran’s Park in Calumet Park, four (4) pocket rain gardens will be excavated for and material hauled off.  Two curb cuts with splashblocks are also included in this scope. Click here for the summary of quantities.

Bids for must be submitted as a Lump Sum encompassing the Scope of Work for all three (3) sites.  Engineering Plans and Bid Tables with quantities are enclosed.

Proposals will be evaluated on:  1) Contractor’s understanding of project scope; and 2) Project Budget


March 26 – RFP Issued
April 3, 2015 by 12PM – Proposals due via email to
April 6, 2015 – Contract awarded
April 2015 – Construction Begins

Please direct any questions or comments to Dennis Latto at 708-922-4604 or

Oak Forest honors officer who died on duty

March 26, 2015 – 1:59 pm | 28 views
Oak Forest honors officer who died on duty

Oak Forest police and village officials paid tribute this week to a police officer who died on duty last year, even though many conceded that James Morrissy would have disliked being the subject of so …

April 9: Housing Collaborative meeting with special guest Alan Mallach

March 25, 2015 – 2:39 pm | 88 views
April 9: Housing Collaborative meeting with special guest Alan Mallach

Please join us for a very special Housing Collaborative meeting with special guest Alan Mallach on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at SSMMA offices, 1906 W. 174th St., East Hazel Crest, IL.
Morning Presentation 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Informal Lunch Discussion to …

Sheriff’s boot camp teams up with Land Bank

March 25, 2015 – 2:22 pm | 49 views
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Young men in neon yellow jumpsuits and construction hats sawed down wooden remains of a derelict two-story home in Chicago’s south suburb of Phoenix, the black letters “DOC” stamped across their backs.
“We’re using saws, cutting, …

SPC News

March 25, 2015 – 2:06 pm | 19 views
SPC News

By Rita Kueny
GM Agrees to Price Rollover on the SPC 2015 Caprice Police Car
The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) is pleased to report that General Motors has agreed to allow the SPC to sell the 2015 …

Fewer losers in Illinois school funding proposal

March 24, 2015 – 5:06 pm | 26 views
Fewer losers in Illinois school funding proposal

A revamped proposal designed to change how the state funds local schools would help hundreds more districts than it would hurt, according to a new analysis.
Documents released by the Illinois State Board of Education Monday …

This is the year to expand casino gambling

March 23, 2015 – 5:06 pm | 33 views
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If the Illinois Legislature is ever going to pass a casino expansion bill, the odds are good this is going to be the year.
Both the state and Chicago are facing major financial problems that will …

Land O’Frost expanding Lansing production

March 23, 2015 – 5:00 pm | 49 views

Land O’Frost is moving its sausage and franks production from Nebraska to its Lansing facility.
Lansing Economic Development Director Travis Bandstra announced the company’s decision at Tuesday’s Village Board meeting.
“They’re one of our largest employers,” Bandstra …

Employment opportunity: SSMMA Community Development Planner

March 23, 2015 – 2:54 pm | 225 views

Open Position: Community Development Planner
The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) is seeking a Community Development Planner. SSMMA is a non- profit Council of Governments representing 44 communities in south Cook and eastern Will …