IVESDALE — For the first time since 2011, the village's water rates are being raised.
The board approved an increase from $20 to $25 for the first 2,000 gallons used. Each subsequent 1,000 gallons of water will cost $1.
Village Administrator Jim Brewer noted that by comparison, neighboring Sadorus charges $35 for the first 1,000 gallons used and $5 for every 1,000 gallons thereafter.
The water rate increase is being done to help cover the cost of a water system project.
Tom Overmyer of Phoenix Consulting Engineers reported on his inspection of Ivesdale's water tower. He gave his recommendations for improvements that could be made in two phases. The first phase would cost about $100,000, the second about $50,000.
The first phase would include an exterior coat on the tank. Overmyer said some spot restoration could be done.
"The bad news is if you let it go too long, it's lead, and $39,000 would probably go up by $60,000," Overmyer said.
Overmyer suggested applying for an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency loan, which he said would carry a 2-percent interest rate for 20 years.
Trustees signed a pre-application for the loan, which is due Monday. The next step will be submitting an IEPA permit application to upgrade the water plant and build water mains at select locations in town.