City Eyes New Water Plant

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The City of Greenville is looking at the possibility of replacing its current water treatment plant.

At its June meeting, the city council conducted a public hearing, required to seek funding from USDA Rural Development. No one from the public commented.

Lee Beckman, engineer with Milano and Grunloh, gave a synopsis of the proposed project. He said the project includes the construction of a new plant, intake structure, and system improvements. The total cost is estimated at $16,870,000 and is tentatively scheduled for 2021-2022, depending on funding. The new plant will be constructed just north of the existing plant.

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The Rural Development application, seeking the full amount of 16 million 870,000 dollars in a loan and/or grant, has been submitted and a response is expected in the next month or two.

Beckman said the existing plant would remain in use during new construction, and eventually be decommissioned and used for storage.

He reported the city is looking at a variety of funding sources, including the Illinois EPA, to finance the new plant.

Mayor Alan Gaffner commented the council is in full support of the Rural Development application.

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