The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 30, 2013

A thank-you from the bottom of the hill


GEORGETOWN — Back on Oct. 8, 2010, a “project of need” was undertaken by the City of Georgetown to separate topical run off water that was being co-mingled with the ever-increasing sewage waste of the people of Georgetown.

This project was one of 18 locations that was slated. In addition to the attempt to separate water from flowing into the human waste residuals, areas of the previously abused properties would become somewhat more desirable for the property owners to maintain and have a more suitable use.

This separation plan needed to be capable of transporting about 32-plus acres of runoff water and reduce the volume of water dumping into the Georgetown Sanitary plant located on Mill Road.

A team evolved for the 429 E. West St. project. Along with ourselves, Bill and Jan Gudauskas, with special thanks to attorney Jeff Tock for his advice and counsel, we documented a simple agreement with Georgetown’s Mayor Lucas to undertake a plan to build/ complete a transport system.

The plan did not include any outside contractors, etc., as it did with the 1990 city leadership. Since we had skin in it and were fortunate to have home-grown skills of people here in Georgetown to undertake this plan, we were more apt to control and minimize cost.

The key factors necessary to make the plan work included Tony Ellis, superintendent of the city, and his staff of John Flynn, Gary Sykes and Randy Marriage, who would replace any outside contractor.

The above mentioned people and we, as property owners, set our goal to undertake and maintain EPA regulations to get the project done and do a good job. Yes, it did take a little longer on our time schedule than we estimated, but together dollars were conserved, and Tony and his crew were able to respond to other city breakdowns that needed repairs.

I am the third generation on our family on this property since my grandfather purchased it from the Henderson family. He had begun with a simple agreement with the city, and on this project I did the same. The big difference today is this spring we can look forward to a acceptable ground surface with grass and no longer see a continued mess of sewage/ runoff water. It has taken that many years, a third generation, to get to today.

There is a lot for which to be thankful. Our team worked together to better serve the people of Georgetown. It made a difference in the right way.

So, I am saying, “Thanks to us all for sticking together to compete this goal.”

Bill Gudauskas resides in Georgetown.