Loda board urged to move forward on new water tower; mobile home ordinance passes

LODA — Engineer Tom Overmyer told the village board that he should get to work now so that a new water tower can be completed by the end of 2015. Next month the board will vote on an agreement with him for design and permitting work for $42,000.

Overmyer said there is no grant money available for water tower design, but there is for construction. He said the board should apply next January for a construction grant of up to $450,000. Overmyer said the village has a better chance of its grant application being accepted if design work is completed and permitting secured.

If a construction grant is received, the village will be required to match 25 percent of the amount. Overmyer said that can be obtained through the state's revolving loan fund. Were the village to borrow $150,000, the annual payment would be $9,200.

Also the board, after several months' delay, passed its revised mobile home ordinance. Changes include that no new trailers will be allowed to move into the village unless a building permit application is in place and that all mobile homes are in compliance with the Illinois Mobile Home Tiedown Act.

Also new is that single or double-wide manufactured or prefabricated house or house trailers may be used to replace existing house trailers only if the mobile homes coming into the village are fewer than 7 years old at the date of installation and the mobile homes are 800 square feet or larger in size and are located on four full concrete runners and have tie-downs.

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