BY CAROL HICKS
Michael Streff, environmental engineer for Foth Infrastructure & Environment, presented an overview of the planned water tank repair project to city council members Tuesday.
The proposal was given to the EPA primary reviewer Chad Rice who will review the documents after the first of the year.
"I anticipate a preliminary loan agreement by the first part of February," Streff said. He added about $1.2 billion would be available to fund these projects through the Clean Water Act. "Governor Quinn is promoting the need to take advantage of these funds."
In other business, council members:
Learned city ordinances will be updated, including the ordinance that all dogs would have to be registered and would include purchasing city tags. Neutered and spayed dogs would be $2 while non-neutered/spayed dogs $10.
Learned a water main broke Saturday night on North Market Street and was repaired until professional people could assist in the repairs due to the gas main lying on top of the water main..
Council members unanimously approved the tax levy in the amount of $643,362, an increase from last year of 2.73 percent.
Approved unanimously placing the electric aggregation proposal on the April municipal ballot to lower electric rates for the residents in the city. According to Crusinberry, if the proposal passes, everyone is in the electric aggregation unless a resident signs a waiver to opt out of the program.
Learned that Curt Ellis has updated the city’s website with the agendas and minutes, events, maintenance of the site and extra security measures.
"That’s (website) your portal to the world if it’s done right and maintained," said Ellis.
Council members voted to approve Ellis’ services at a cost of $190 a month to update and maintain the web site.
Alderwoman Sue Comstock reminded attending residents of the Community dinner at noon on Christmas Day at the Hoopeston MultiAgency for area residents and Rossville residents who will be alone or are shut-ins. Meals will be delivered to shut-ins.
City council members will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 2, at City Hall, 301 W. Main St., due to the regular meeting date falling on New Year’s Day.