The Wood River City Council has approved a plan that will help provide improved water service to some of it's residents and those in a neighboring water district, and the city is officially the new owner of the former U.S. Army Reserve Center. The federal government sold the center to Wood River and it will use it as the new home for the Public Services Department.
The council voted this week to approve a construction bid for a new water main, meter station and interconnect for the Northeast Central County Public Water District which covers a portion of Wood River and those living in Fort Russell Township. The construction agreement follows an agreement last month between the city and the water district to provide the service. The plan will provide additional income for the city's water fund, and in turn should keep water rates steady for city residents. Also at the meeting this week, the city officially took possession of the former Albert J. Ellison Reserve Center on Anderson Avenue, and will bring it's public services department under one roof. The city paid $139,000 to the federal government for the property. Remodeling of the facility will begin later this year.