MONTICELLO — The council approved one expenditure Monday that members hope will take care of a short-term infrastructure need and approved another that should help them plan for the town's future.
Aldermen passed a measure that allocates $25,000 for engineering services from Fehr-Graham to design a new above-ground water storage tank that will replace the current one near the city building.
"We're hoping to get the design in this year's budget and construction in next year's budget. Obviously that's contingent upon budget discussions in the next two months," City Superintendent Floyd Allsop said.
Projected cost for a new tank is around $405,000. The city will likely go with a 300,000- to 400,000-gallon tank. The current one holds 700,000 gallons, but with the new water tower online, less capacity is needed.
Also approved was a $45,500 contract with MSA Professional Services in Champaign to help the city draft a comprehensive plan.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance aimed at helping those who water their lawns and gardens. The law adjusts sewer fees during June through September, basing the sewer bill on the previous eight months of water usage, instead of on the usage of those four months.