The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 3, 2012

Hoopeston tanks need repair

BY CAROL HICKS
Commercial-News

HOOPESTON — Hoopeston’s ground and elevated water storage tanks are in need of repairs. The probable projected cost is $2.3 million for rehabilitation and repair to the ground tanks, the water tower and adding another ground tank and aeration system.

The city has tried for several years to obtain a grant from the state to help with this cost without any luck.

“There are very few grants out there. Basically it’s harder to get a grant,” said Larry Johnson of Foth Infrastructure and Environmental Services of Champaign. The quickest route is a loan from the EPA, he said.

According to Johnson, the city could apply for a 20-year loan at 2½ percent. The city would pay back the loan at $148,000 annually. Because there is a timeline to start this project, Johnson hoped the council would approve a resolution Tuesday to begin the project so construction could start by June 2013.

“There’s a lot of paperwork in the process of getting a loan from the EPA,” Johnson said.

Johnson added that a new water tower costs a little more than $1 million when an alderman asked about the cost of replacing the old tower.

“We are not at risk right now,” said Alderman Bill McElhaney, water and sewer chairman. “Our services are being met right now. No one’s getting dust when they turn on the facet. Don’t think we should put it (rehabilitation and repairs) off any longer. To prolong it any further is asking for trouble.”

Several members of the council had questions after the presentation. Mayor Bill Crusinberry suggested the council get all their questions to him and scheduled a meeting with the water/sewer committee for 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

In other business, the council:

What’s next

The Hoopeston City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at City Hall, 301 W. Main St.