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Glen Carbon Researching Water Treatment Plant Alternatives

By Kathy Turner

The Glen Carbon Village Board, on Tuesday, January 11, approved a contract with WHKS to provide professional engineering services with regards to the Village’s Water Treatment Plant as well as treatment plant alternatives and the costs related.  Scott Hunt of WHKS was in attendance to detail the contract with the Village.  He also introduced to the Board Engineer Mark Ritter and Architect Randy Mitchell, who will be working on the Glen Carbon project.

WHKS will provide an assessment of well field groundwater, from a test well, to determine the quantity of water available to the Village as well as the quality of the water.  That information will then allow them to evaluate and update a report initially provided to the Village in 2018 concerning the existing infrastructure of the water treatment plan, the adequacy of the plant and the life expectancy of the equipment at the plant.

The ultimate goal is to obtain the information needed for the Board to determine the most efficient and effective way to provide water services to Village residents and businesses.  Options might include wells and a treatment plant operated by the Village or cooperative agreements for water provision with other communities.

The contract with WHKS comes at a cost of $37,000 plus up to $7,700 in hourly fee costs for the provision of groundwater assessments and technical assistance with EPA loans and State Revolving Fund Loan support for the overall project.  Hunt advised Mayor Robert Marcus that he anticipates the full report will be available to the Board by April 1 for consideration.

Cory Jobe, President and CEO of the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau, was in attendance to present to the Board the 2022 agreement between the two entities and update them on 2021 statistics.   Great Rivers and Routes Tourism is the organization contracted by the village to offer promotion, programming and documentation regarding tourism and visitor impact for the Village.  Their services are contracted at an amount not to exceed $25,000 per year and is divided over quarterly installments.

As part of his presentation, Jobe reported to the Board that total media mentions of the village tracked by his organization for the previous year had a total value of $2.85 million.  He also reported that hotels in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area reported a 62.7% occupancy rate which translates to more than $9 million in taxable revenue.

The Board approved the extension of the Annual Agreement unanimously.

The Board also approved a contract with TWM to provide preliminary engineering services for the design of improvements to Cougar Drive and Junction Drive, from the Junction Drive/Illinois Route 159 intersection northward to the Cougar Drive/Illinoi Drive intersection.  The contract for engineering services is not to exceed $93,400 and will provide design for Phase I and Phase II of the project.  As the project moves forward, Madison County will provide a local match of funds in the amount of $116,842.  It is anticipated that the project will be ready for bid letting in June 2024.

Finally, the Board approved three contracts with regards to 2022 Motor Fuel Tax Materials.  A bid of $9,349.60 was approved by Beelman Logistics for the provision of aggregate materials.  A bid of $958 was approved also to Beelman Logistics for the provision of sand.  Finally, a bid of $70,020 was approved for Concrete Supply of Illinois for concrete, load charges, and furnishing flowable fill.  All materials will be obtained and stored at Village facilities.  The costs are all accounted for the 2022 Motor Fuel Tax program.

The next meeting will be held on January 25 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.

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