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Glen Carbon OKs Water Supply Agreement

By Charles Feldman, reporter

The village of Glen Carbon took action approved an amendment to its January 22 water supply agreement  with Illinois American Water at its Tuesday, October 8 meeting.

Illinois American Water has agreed to pay for required quality testing by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency up to $100,000 and to pay the cost of constructing a water meter vault up to $200,000, provided that Glen Carbon will be responsible for any cost over that.

IAW will also pay for installing a water meter at the point where the water line of Illinois American would connect to the water distribution system of Glen Carbon. It will own and maintain the meter. The village will own the vault.

“Our current agreement requires us to do that interconnect,” said Village Administrator Jamie Bowden, “but they have agreed to provide that funding.”

The village has no obligation to reimburse them or to sell the asset.  It has a five-year contract with Illinois American Water to purchase water from them for five years after it no longer uses the City of Edwardsville’s supply.

The board also made changes to its part of the Madison County Discovery Enterprise Zone.

“What this does is amend the Discovery Zone to add two additional properties that were recommended to be added to our portion of the zone,”
explained Bowden, “and drop two properties and add the tax incentive wordage.”

Several of the surrounding communities are in the Enterprise Zone and can’t make any changes to their portions without the boards of all communities voting their approval. Collinsville wanted to offer prospective businesses a property tax abatement; now other municipalities in the zone like Troy, St. Jacob, Maryville and Glen Carbon all have to vote on it and pass it before it can happen.

Because  Glen Carbon’s board has to vote on it anyway, this can provide an opportunity to make its own changes to the Enterprise Zone – its own property tax abatement, for example. This, in turn, will have to be passed by the other municipalities.

In other action, the village approved an ordinance authorizing the sale of a surplus 370-square-foot lot that is a portion of the property at 180 Summit Street to Old Town Properties for the amount of $2,000. The new owner intends to develop it into a private parking facility in conjunction with other property.

The Glen Carbon Public Library presented “A Year In Review.”

Trustee Mark Foley gave a presentation about what he learned at the Illinois Municipal League  Conference.

The next village board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 22 at Eden Retirement Center, 200 South Station Road, at 7 p.m. The public, especially those living at Eden Village and the surrounding subdivisions, is welcome to attend. The board will consider an ordinance to ban recreational cannabis within the village.

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