Westville agrees to pay consultant to seek grant for water main replacement

WESTVILLE — Village officials voted Tuesday to spend up to $7,500 for a consultant to help the village apply for a state grant to replace the water main along East Kelly Avenue.

Jon Johnston, a senior planner with the Farnsworth Group of Bloomington, said he is nearly done compiling income surveys that were sent to 39 households along East Kelly. He said the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity typically provides grants for projects in areas where more than half of the people who will benefit from the project have no more than 80 percent of the income level for their county.

Mayor Jeff Ellis has said the water main is undersized and should have been replaced years ago. He said workers repair multiple breaks in that line each year, and that there are 40 clamps in place over leaks in that line.

The village will apply for up to $400,000 in grant funds.

"We know that we have to fix it," Ellis said. "Any grant money we receive for the project will help."

Johnston said he would help the village conduct a public hearing on the grant and the project in early February.

The application is due by Feb. 15, and the grant recipients will be announced some time after that.

In other business, the Westville Village Board voted to spend up to $73,680 to resurface portions of village streets next year.

And the board heard a presentation from Jerod McMorris, an energy consultant with GoodEnergy of Peoria, about allowing Westville residents to purchase electricity through the company. Voters will decide in April whether to allow municipal electric aggregation, which would save an estimated $20 to $30 per month on energy bills.

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