Collage:  River Closed Sign, Limestone Pier, Matt Kellogg, David Guritz

A "River Closed" sign (top left photo) is posted in the Fox River, just north of the Millbrook Bridge demolition site. Kendall County Forest Preserve Commissioner Matt Kellogg (top right) wants D Construction to take out the limestone piers (lower left) that supported the demolished bridge.  Kellogg contends the piers were damaged during the demolition.  Forest preserve Director Dave Guritz (lower right) said Tuesday that D Construction only reduced the bill for work done.  ( photos by James Wyman)

The Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission's Committee of the Whole met Tuesday to discuss the abrupt demolition of the historic Millbrook Bridge that occurred on August 25.

D Construction of Coal City was in charge of the actual demolition, while Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick (HLR) of Elgin engineered the project.

D Construction has offered to reduce its just under $477,000 bill to $285,000. 

The demolition was supposed to take 25 days, but only took two days because, according to D Construction's  Andrew Moore, the bridge was deemed unstable on the second day of the project had to be demolished immediately.

Kendall County Forest Preserve Director David Guritz told the commissioners on Tuesday what D Construction was offering.

Forest preserve commissioners were in agreement that the $285,000 charge was still too much.

Forest Preserve commissioner Scott Gengler wondered why D Construction's owners did not appear at the Sept. 1 meeting.

And commissioner Matthew Prochaska questioned D Construction's future position as a bidder.

The Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission originally wanted to leave the limestone piers that held up the Millbrook Bridge in the Fox River; however commissioner Matt Kellogg said those piers were damaged during the demolition.

And Kellogg said that D Construction should have taken care of the piers the day after the bridge came down.

Another issue discussed at Tuesday's meeting was the amount of time HLR Engineering was on the scene of the demolition.

At the Sept 1 meeting, HLR Vice-President Steve Megginson told the forest preserve commissioners that an engineer was on scene until 2:30 p.m. on August 24 and 25.

However, in an email received on September 2, Megginson said that the engineer was only present two hours in the morning.

Here's forest preserve president Judy Gilmour:

The issue was addressed by commissioner Amy Cesich.

The Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission has been given no estimate on how long the clean-up of the Fox River will last.

The next regular meeting of the Kendall County Forest Preserve will be on Tuesday, Sept. 15 in the Historic Kendall County Courthouse.

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