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SV still talking water, sewer

SPRING VALLEY — It was water, water everywhere at the Spring Valley City Council meeting Monday night as alderman discussed several projects at the wastewater treatment plant and sewer system.

The sewer system will be getting quite the overhaul with plans for work at many of the city’s interceptor sites. The city has to meet with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about floodplain issues and with the railroad for easement problems.

“For the majority of it, we’ll need an agreement and a written understanding,” engineer Larry Good of Chamlin and Associates said.

There are several spots where the sewer system is too near or directly in the railroad right of way, making it difficult for workers to create access points. The council did approve bulldozer and tree removal work for areas not impacted by the flood plain and railroad issues, and to resume work once the city has hammered out an agreement.

Tree removal work is not to exceed $19,000, and bulldozer work is not to exceed $18,000.

Water and Sewer Committee Chairman Tom Nesti said if everything goes according to plan, the city’s sewer interceptor work could be completed by Dec. 31, 2014.

The wastewater treatment plant work is continuing, and the council approved a pre-application of an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency revolving loan assistance program. City engineer Jack Kusek said the city doesn’t have to use the program, but not submitting a pre-application would make it difficult for the city to take advantage of the program, if needed.

“It doesn’t obligate the city to anything,” Kusek said.

Kusek said it is also looking into an energy grant that could net the city $50,000 to $500,000 in funding, but only if the project decreases energy use by 20 percent.

In other business:

• Council members approved an ordinance authorizing the approval of agreements related to the option to purchase of the former Bassick site. Sullivan’s Foods has been interested in building a supermarket on the site. The ordinance gives the grocery chain the option to buy and refund the city $40,000 in fees pertaining to the property. If Sullivan’s Foods doesn’t buy the property, the city will not get the $40,000 back, but it will also not hold title on the property.

• The council also passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of groundwater near the Bassick property to be used as drinking water.

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