WESTVILLE — Village officials voted this week to apply for a $260,250 state grant to replace the water main along East Kelly Avenue.
The vote followed a public hearing on the grant and the project that was attended by three people.
Jon Johnston, a senior planner with the Farnsworth Group of Bloomington, said that the water main in question is undersized and should have been replaced years ago.
The village is seeking a $260,250 Community Development Assistance Program grant and would match it with $86,750 in village funds. Johnston said the funds should allow the village to replace 4,500 lineal feet of water main, from U.S. 1 almost all the way to Brooks Street. There are 42 houses that are served by the water main in that area, and eight fire hydrants.
Mayor Jeff Ellis said that this is a big project, and that replacing the undersized, problematic water line will benefit all water customers.
Village workers have repaired 12 breaks in the line since 1994, and the expense of repairing those breaks and paying for the water lost from leaks can affect all customers' water rates.