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Grove Mobile Home Park needs water/sewer upgrade

PRINCETON — The city of Princeton is applying for a grant that could offset the cost of bringing clean water and updated sewer services to a local mobile home park.

 In a public hearing Monday at Princeton City Hall, Nora Fesco-Ballerine, a consultant and grant administrator from North Central Illinois Council of Governments, said a $350,000 state Community Development Assistance Program grant could be applied to a targeted project to extend city water and sewer service to the Grove Mobile Home Park.  

The project will cost $492,184 and will include extension of sanitary sewer and water mains from existing city infrastructure, according to proposed city plans. The project would mean the abandonment of two wells and a septic system currently in use at the mobile home park, which is located on Princeton’s west end.    

A link in to the city’s water and sewer infrastructure would give residents of the mobile home park safe drinking water and an updated wastewater system, Fesco-Ballerine said.

Water samples from wells in use at Grove Mobil Home Park show arsenic levels which exceed federal limits for water contamination, Fesco-Ballerine said. She also said the age of the mobile home park’s existing septic system is unknown, and the condition of its drainage infrastructure is unclear.

Costs for the project not covered by the CDAP grant – about $142,000 – would be shared between the city and the owner of the mobile home park property, city manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said Tuesday. He said the city’s cost for the project would total $70,000, and that cost would be paid back through city sewer rates. “The payback will be about five years, and we’ll make our money back,” Fiegenschuh said. 

The sewer extension will be gravity-fed and will not require its own lift station, according to project engineers. City engineer Kevin Heitz said zoning easements will be created at the mobile home court to allow for crews to do sewer and water maintenance work. 

Residents will not be displaced as a result of the project, city officials said.   

Fesco-Ballerine said information on the grant and targeted project is available for public review at North Central Illinois Council of Governments, located at 110 N. Main St. in Princeton.

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