BY CAROL HICKS
HOOPESTON — Mike Streff, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, updated city council members Tuesday on the continuing progress of the ground and elevated water storage tank project.
Work was progressing on the water pipes and filter refurbishment, Streff said. Once the filter work was completed, samples would be collected from the water to test for Radium 226 and 228 to make sure no hazardous material was in the water and it was acceptable to the landfill.
Radium 226 and 228 are the most common isotopes in Illinois groundwater. Hoopeston's water comes from an aquifer that is shallower than the deep bedrock acquifers found in the northern third of the state and, therefore, does not usually contain high levels of radium. All public water supplies, however, are tested regularly to make sure they remain at safe levels.
Streff added a representative from Tonka, a manufacturer of water treatment equipment and pressure filters, would inspect the aeration and stripping equipment for iron oxidation in the ground storage tank. If the system and nozzles were found to be more than 50 percent bad, all would have to be replaced.
Streff added residents will see a "big improvement in the water quality" once the tanks are done, including reduced rust in the system.
In other council business, the sign ordinance was amended and approved unanimously for the businesses on Illinois Routes 1 and Route 9 to allow 15-foot signs and bring all businesses in that area in compliance with the city ordinance.
+ Council members approved unanimously a Tax Increment Funding request from the Hoopeston Area School District to buy 12 access doors in three schools in the amount of $47,040.
+ A budget meeting was scheduled for the finance committee at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.
+ Learned the golf cart ordinance has the potential to include year-round use, according to Illinois Department of Transportation. The ordinance will be reviewed.
+ Dustin Tartar, co-owner of City Chef, requested an update on complaints regarding Downtown Motel. Mayor Bill Crusinberry said a meeting would be scheduled with police chief Mark Drollinger, city attorney Andrew Mudd and himself to discuss the situation.
+ Barbara Knuth commented the raw sewage on the ground in the Pine Street residence was not just a Vermilion County problem, it also was a city problem. The owner of the residence has been fined by the county, said Crusinberry, and has another court date set for April 24.
The next Hoopeston City council will meet at 7 p.m. May 6 in City Hall, 301 W. Main St.