GEORGETOWN — City officials approved a big expenditure on Monday to pay off an old bill.
Georgetown City Council members voted to pay The Farnsworth Group about $23,200 for some pre-engineering work that was performed on the city's sewer project between 2010 and 2013.
"I don't know why this has waited so long," said Alderman Darrell Acord. "The company held the bill until the work on the project started."
City officials have spent years preparing to make major renovations at the wastewater-treatment plant and to separate many of the combined sewers in the city into separate stormwater sewers and sanitary sewers.
The Farnsworth Group of Peoria did the pre-engineering and engineering work for the projects, helped the city to obtain a $6.7 million loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the projects, and helped the city seek bids for the projects.
Bids were awared for the projects in April, and work on them is progressing.
Council members will seek donations at the city square from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday to raise funds for the construction of a new Santa Claus House.
Mayor Kay Sanders said she wants a portable, 10-foot-square building to be built and decorated so it can be used for holiday events, such as meeting Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. The house could be stored at the city garage when not in use.
Sanders said local resident John T. Smith will build the house, if the city can provide about $3,000 for materials. She said the city had Santa Claus houses for years, which would be built by local high school classes and then sold after the city's Christmas celebrations.