SPRING VALLEY — It's going to be an exciting time for Spring Valley over the next three to four years as the design and construction of a new wastewater treatment plant unfolds.
On Monday, Alderman Tom Nesti gave an update on construction plans for the new operation, before the council unanimously approved an agreement for engineering services between the city and Chamlin & Associates, Inc. of Peru.
The design process for the new plant is scheduled to take one year to complete. By July 2015, the council hopes to begin advertising bids for the project.
"It appears if everything goes according to the time table we have here, we will be starting construction on the new plant in October 2015, with the new plant start-up tentatively targeted for March 2017," Nesti reported.
In February, Mayor Walt Marini, along with fellow representatives from the city, toured wastewater treatment plants in Peru, Port Byron, Morris and Streator. The goal was to get ideas on what type of operation would fit best in Spring Valley.
Marini reported the group all agreed the operation in Port Byron might be best, based on the simplicity of the design, the construction costs and operation costs after it was built.
"What impressed us the most was the fact that it was so compact," Nesti said on Monday.
The entire operation will only cover about one-third of the area Spring Valley's current wastewater treatment plant covers.
Nesti said based on the $9.6 million grant awarded by Gov. Pat Quinn in November and the monies the city is expected to receive from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), from the flooding damage last April, there will be about $11 million total to spend on the project.
"Knock on wood, if we come in at our budget, we shouldn't have to raise user rates at all," he confirmed. "So nothing should change there."
Looking at the plans on paper, Nesti said the new operation should take care of all the city's wants and needs, as far as wastewater disposal and treatment for the next 20 years.
"I think it's something that's going to be a benefit to the people of Spring Valley. We are especially keeping our fingers cross we will be able to do this without having to make any adjustments in the user rates," he said. "It's going to be something we all really need."
In other news, the board:
• Agreed to donate $100 to the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust, $300 to Kids Fishing in the Illinois Valley program, $1,000 to the Healthy Kids Camp and $100 to W.D. Boyce Council of Boy Scouts.
• Approved a proclamation recognizing April as Fair Housing Month and a proclamation recognizing May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.
• Approved an ordinance prohibiting all non-law enforcement employees of the city of Spring Valley to carry concealed weapons.
• Approved the mayor's appointment of Jeff Norton as Superintendent of Public Works.
• Authorized the redemption of real estate taxes for the property located at 202 E. St. Paul St.
• Approved an ordinance adopting procedures for electronic attendance at meetings.
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