Buckley hires firm to drill test hole for new well

BUCKLEY — Village board members agreed this week to hire Grosch Well Drilling Co., based in Mason City, to drill a test hole for a new well, collect a water sample, and ship the sample to Peoria-based PDC Labs to be tested.

The cost is expected to be $2,000 for the test hole and around $250 for the water-testing process.

Larry Johnson, an engineer for Foth Infrastructure & Environment LLC, has been hired to oversee the well project. Johnson presented paperwork to village officials that will be submitted to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in preparation for applying for a loan to help pay for the project.

Johnson said he hoped that by February he would be able to begin the project bidding phase. Johnson said construction should begin in May and be completed by August.

Trustee Sheree Stachura questioned Johnson about the loan's potential effect on residents' water service rates. The IEPA has estimated that $28 will be added to residents' water bills every two months. The figure is based on a $460,000 loan to be paid over 20 years.

Meanwhile, the board is waiting to learn whether the village has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Miner Trust. If the village would get the grant, the water-rate adjustment could be reduced.

The board will discuss the rate adjustment at its January meeting.

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