The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 4, 2013

Federal government will pay for Hoopeston's sewer project

BY CAROL HICKS
The Commercial-News

HOOPESTON — City council members learned Tuesday the city would receive forgiveness of part their Illinois Environmental Protection Agency loan for the water treatment plant project.

Mike Streff, lead environmental engineer for Foth Infrastructure & Environment,LLC, said the federal government provided for the forgiveness in the amount of $729,197. This amount, according to Streff, would be deducted off the top of the $2.6 million for the repair and upgrade of the water tanks and treatment plant.

"The city qualified," Streff said, "because it's a medium-income community."

In other council business, the tax levy was approved unanimously with a slight increase.

"The difference," said Alderman Brandon Hamilton, "was to compensate for the reduced interest rate of the police department's pension. The increase would cover the police pension fund of $118,791."

The total amount of the tax levy would be $690,477, an increase of 10.25 percent.

Sherry Klemme, animal control officer, said she had procured a couple of veterinarians willing to help with vaccines, microchipping and surgeries at the Animal Control Clinic on West Main St. at low costs. An open house will be at the clinic Dec. 13-14. The first spay/neuter clinic is scheduled for January 2014 in Hoopeston and for the shelter animals.

She added doghouses that have been donated are available to be given away. She can be reached at 765­414­6586 for a doghouse.

Learned an ambulance committee meeting would be held at the Grant Township building today.

The next city council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 17, at City Hall, 301 W. Main St.