A new water treatment facility is still in the works for the Village of Bethalto, though the plans have been slightly modified after the bids received came in much higher than estimated. The reworked plans still include much of the original project, which includes the building of a brand new plant as well as additional upgrades to the village’s facility that was built in 1978.
Village Trustee Bob Diapolo says that the changes to the plans involve planned maintenance work.
Charlie Juneau, CEO of Juneau and Associates estimates that the revised plans will result in close to $390-thousand in savings, bringing the total cost back in line with the original estimate. The majority of the funding for the project will be provided by a $5.9-million loan from the IEPA, with any extra costs being covered by the village.
Village trustees also voted to award the project to Korte and Luitjohan Contractors Inc. during last night’s special meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin by September, which would allow the village to qualify for up to $1 million in loan forgiveness.