During its March 27 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved (with two absent) three different plans that sets the course for the city’s expansion in the undeveloped areas of our community. First, the comprehensive plan was amended to allow for industrial and business development in the immediate area of the proposed I-90/ STH 23 interchange. Originally, the plan identified a great deal of this area as suitable for commercial development. After having had discussions with some of the effected property owners, it was recognized that the opportunity to develop these areas should also include industrial/ business uses.

The other two plans locate the “backbones” for the development of water service and sanitary sewer service. When developers come with proposals to build, they will now know the requirements and locations necessary to develop these utilities. It is also necessary to have these plans in place so that the city can pursue state and federal grants to fund the construction of these systems. I can’t stress this enough, the cost of this type of utility development cannot and will not be borne by our existing rate payers. It will have to come from grants and the builders themselves.

The water plan identifies the location of a well and a water tower in and area between Harmony and Anthony roads, east of Route 23. Hydrogeological mapping shows an abundance of shallow subsurface water at this location. The overall idea of the water system development is to “grow the pipes” together and join the developed portion of our community together with this new tollway area of water system.

The philosophy of sanitary sewage main growth is similar; join, through growth, the pipes from the tollway area to the existing system to the north. The difference being is that we can’t develop two separate systems; the cost and IEPA permitting requirements won’t allow it. Rather, the new system near the tollway will be developed in a way that could include IEPA approved interim steps of sewage treatment that would be localized to the development. The type of interim system( s) that could be allowed, will depend upon the intensity of the development. Ultimately, these systems would be retroactively hooked-up to the sewage treatment plant located at the north end of our city. The wastewater system plan shows the course of the sewer system mains, location of force mains and three lift stations that would ultimately covey sewage from the tollway area north to the treatment plant on the city’s north side.

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