Council hears plans for new water source

Council hears plans for new water source

By CHRIS BEST

Enquirer-Democrat Writer

Representative Cindy Campbell and Bob Manns of Heneghan and Associates led a presentation at Monday night’s Carlinville City Council meeting regarding the status of the ongoing Illinois Alluvial Regional Water Company (IARWC) water project which will eventually replace Carlinville’s current water source.

A good deal of attention was dedicated to the country property that is to be the 54 acres well site for the project. “It’s a beautiful site,” Campbell stressed.

A PowerPoint presentation previewed pictures of the site in addition to various diagrams illustrating how the six proposed wells would function, along with their proposed locations on the property.

The proposed locations of “sludge lagoons” were also included. These lagoons would hold the accumulated natural sludge produced as a by-product of the water purification process.

Drone footage was shown following portions of the proposed path for the trunk pipeline. This line roughly follows Route 16 and turns north along Stagecoach Road to reach Carlinville. Property easements will be essential for this project; the goal is to avoid using public lands.

“Our goal is to have 100 percent of the waterline on private property so that long-term, as the roads do their improvements, that’s on the road district’s nickel to relocate the water lines and not on Alluvial’s nickel,” Manns said. “So we’re starting with the goal of 100 percent private easements. If we have to, we can jump out to public right-of-way as a last resort.”

Following the PowerPoint presentation, Campbell reviewed the water supply contract for Carlinville with the council.

“Each contract is individualized to each entity’s situation,” she said, insisting there would be no difference in rate among those various entities. The current estimated rate is $4.30 per 1,000 gallons of water. If any other entities enter the agreement, as Campbell suspects they will, that number would go down.

In other business

The ongoing matter of converting Carlinville into a quiet zone for train whistles was briefly discussed. “It’s a lengthy process and when I get time, I’ll continue to work on it,” City Attorney Dan O’Brien said.

Later in the meeting, Warren Ridley and Jeff Torricelli spoke to the council regarding the renewal process for the Macoupin County Enterprise Zone. The current enterprise zone has been in effect since 1991 and will expire in 2021.

The enterprise zone law was amended in 2012, changing the process for enterprise zones. This year is the last opportunity Carlinville will have to apply to be an enterprise zone until 2028. This means that if the application is denied, there would be at least seven years without an enterprise zone before a second application could be submitted.

The benefits and exemptions provided by designated enterprise zones can be a huge asset to growing towns and communities that may otherwise be passed up by businesses for more lucrative opportunities.

Ridley and Torricelli urged the counsel to hire their consulting services to guide Carlinville through the process. The two-phase plan they offer would first guide Carlinville and any other associated parties through the process to the award for a fee of $60,000. In phase two, they would then guide the parties through the transition for an additional $30,000. The proposal will be brought before the Finance Committee at its next meeting Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m.

The city council next meets on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at Carlinville City Hall.