South Beloit moves toward plant loan

South Beloit moves toward plant loan.
SOUTH BELOIT — The South Beloit City Council took a preliminary step in applying for an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Water Pollution Control Loan to assist in financing a new wastewater treatment plant.
City Attorney Roxanne Sosnowski told council members at their meeting Monday the city engineering firm, Fehr Graham, now will prepare a loan application to be submitted to the program.
Once terms of a loan have been finalized, the agreement will come back to the city council for review and final approval.
No amount or terms for repayment have been presented yet, said council member Linda Chambers.
The city is planning to construct a new wastewater treatment plant with an estimated cost of $27.8 million.
City officials have talked about a new sewer plant for at least eight years as previous and current city council members have argued the current facility is outdated and not effective to handle future needs of the citys population or business community.
The sewer plant was built in 1955 with expansions in 1968, 1977 and 1986.
He said the sewer plant is handling about 3.5 million gallons a day currently when it was taking in about 2 million gallons a day at this time last year.
Reininger said the groundwater leaking into the sanitary sewer system is most likely not coming from the areas that recently were repaired, but there may be new leaks.

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