The Village of Bethalto is moving forward with plans to build a new water treatment plant after approving several measures at last night’s village board meeting. Among those was a resolution allowing Mayor Steve Bryant to seek a $4.7-million loan from the IEPA water treatment program. In addition to the building of a new plant, the plan also calls for major renovations of the village’s plant that was built in 1978. Once the new facility is completed, the village will abandon the original plant, which was built back in 1959.
Charlie Juneau, President of Juneau Engineering and Land Surveying, completed a study of the project that considered multiple scenarios. He says that the chosen plan was more cost effective.
Juneau also said that the project will be let out for bid and awarded by the end of August so that construction can begin in September, which would allow the village to qualify for up to $1,000,000 in loan forgiveness.
In other business, board members voted to accept the resignation of former village trustee Don Flack, who was forced to step down after being appointed as a judge in the counties 3rd judicial circuit court. Former Police Chief Alan Winslow was appointed to fill the vacancy on the village board. He will serve the rest of Flack’s term, which runs through April of 2013.