WALNUT — Only one village resident was in attendance at the public meeting held Monday to hear Matt Hansen of Willett & Hoffman Engineering of Dixon explain the proposed improvements to be made to the village’s sewer plant and facilities.
Those plans include replacement of the wastewater treatment plant constructed in 1965 and replacement of the building housing some of the mechanical components, a small laboratory for water testing, and a small office area. Several pieces of equipment are also in deteriorating condition after 48 years of service. This includes the package plant equipment, motor control center and aeration blowers. The village currently has a coarse bar screen for larger inorganic material. A new fine screen will be installed to further screen inorganic material.
The cost of the proposed improvements is $2,034,000. The village will be applying for an IEPA loan program at an interest rate of 1.93 percent. There are currently no grant programs available for improvements to sewer plants. The village will be raising the current sewer rate charges to fund the repayment of the loan.
The design phase of the project will be from Oct. 16 through Feb. 16, 2014. At that time the bid process will begin and will continue until April 1, 2014. By June 19, 2014, contracts will be awarded, and the village will enter into the IEPA Loan Agreement. The construction phase will last from July 1, 2014, through June 15, 2015.
At the conclusion of the meeting Hansen said village residents have 10 days from Sept. 16 in which to present written questions and comments to Dennis Grobe, board president. Those questions and comments can be mailed to Grobe to: Village of Walnut, 114 S. Jackson St., Walnut, IL 61376. Questions can also be sent to Gary Bingenheimer, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Water, Infrastructure Financial Assistance Section, P.O. Box 19276, Springfield, IL 62794-9276.
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