VILLA GROVE — The engineering firm of Berns, Clancy and Associates has been hired by the city to begin initial work for a new water treatment plant.
Greg Gustafson, from Berns, Clancy and Associates, reported that the firm has begun work on a water and sewer rate study which will primarily focus on water rates, but will also include sewer rates. The study will provide information to help determine the timing and amount of future rate increases.
Gustafson told the city council that he has completed a walk-through of the current water plant and a site inspection of the planned future location for the new plant on Main Street. The company's surveyors will also survey the new location before planning begins.
The council was advised to begin the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency pre-application process to get ahead in the state process. Gustafson assured them that this application does not commit the city to any timeframe or dollar amount.
In other business, Mayor Terry Harbin reported that approximately 25 ordinance violations for property cleanup have been issued recently. Sixteen of those have been complied with and the others have been sent to the county court for non-compliance.