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Well ... it’s on Buda’s mind

Well project/water treatment system discussed by board

BUDA — Thoughts of clear, pure water were on the minds of Buda Village Board members Monday night as Jack Kusek of McClure Engineering explained the results of a study on the village’s planned new well and water treatment system.

During the meeting, Kusek explained highlights of his firm’s detailed research findings on the well project and water treatment system. He advised the board the best way to clean up the village’s drinking water is to adopt a reverse osmosis method. Kusek said his team reached that conclusion after studying core samples from potential well hole sites.

The levels of sulfates, sodium and radon found in the soil around Buda requires more cleaning up than he had originally estimated. The village was previously leaning toward an ion exchange method for cleaning up the water. Kusek fears that using ion exchange will not yield the desired water quality. The village originally leaned toward the ion exchange treatment method due to cost and original beliefs about the nature of village well water. Kusek said a reverse osmosis water treatment technology is now at about par with the older ionization technologies in terms of cost. He added reverse osmosis is the process used to treat most bottled water.

The plan now is for the new well to be located in the northeast corner of the village park. The well would be drilled to a depth of 1,600 feet. Allaying concerns from Buda Village Board member and treasurer Virginia Bollinger, Kusek said the well head would rise only a foot or two above surface level. He added that a working space would be fenced off around the well head to prevent vandalism or misadventure.

In terms of final cost, the project is now estimated to come in a little more than $1 million, according to Bollinger. Approval of the final plans for the new well and water treatment system will be made by early next year. Construction of the well and water treatment system would be completed around a year later.

Kusek added the final plan would include costs for replacement and upkeep of the well and treatment system. He said it was best for the village to set aside a budget to pay for system maintenance and replacement costs.

In other news related to the well and water treatment project, Bollinger informed the board she had a lengthy discussion from a representative of the North Central Illinois Council of Governments. The NCICG is helping the village write a $100,000 grant to help fund the project. Bollinger said the NCICG would also walk the village through the process of setting up accounts for the reception and disbursement of funds received from the grant.

In other business, Mayor Jeff Bitting told the board he received several complaints involving trash pickup and snowmobilers since the last meeting. Bitting said he received complaints about trash not being picked up on a timely basis. He added he was aware that snow has been also covering up trash that was missed during regular rounds. Bitting said he would speak with village’s trash pickup contractor.

Bitting also received a complaint about out-of-town snowmobilers causing snow to be piled up on a sidewalk.

Following news of the village’s aid to stranded travelers during a exceptionally bitter winter storm, Bunker Hill Church of Buda offered to be put on a volunteer list to help out in the future. Bitting also read a thank you letter from a person stranded in the snowstorm who the village helped out. The Dunlap resident also made a donation toward the upkeep for the community hall. The stranded motorists were given aid and comfort in the community hall during the night of the winter storm.

In other business:

• Emergency Rescue Unit Director Julie Strader said the fundraiser breakfast was a success last Sunday.

• Bitting said Bunker Hill Church is looking for suggestions from the community on how to best utilize a building on Main Street the church owns.

• Bollinger said the village received $54,000 for its share of property taxes from the Bureau County treasurer.

• The fireman’s pancake breakfast is scheduled for March 30. In addition to pancakes, the ever-popular biscuits and gravy will be on the menu.

In anticipation of spring, the village-wide Easter egg hunt is set for the April 19.

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