Trustees in Plainfield Township hear concerns about water contamination

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, MICH. – Leaders in Plainfield Township say they are moving as quickly as possible to identify and solve problems with the ground water.
At a trustees meeting Monday night the board didn’t provide new information but listened to concerns and comments from the public.
Investigators have found potentially dangerous PFAS compounds in the water at various locations in Plainfield and other nearby townships.
They say Rockford based shoe maker Wolverine Worldwide dumped the waterproofing chemicals over more than a 40-year period.
High levels have been measured in some domestic wells and small amounts are present in the township treated water.
►Related: Nearly three dozen potential dump sites to be probed for contamination ”I’m drinking bottled water now because I don’t even trust or have any faith there is any push to get this taken care of,” resident Tessia Pash told the board.
“Our number one concern, from Plainfield’s perspective, is making sure that our residents have safe drinking water and then identifying what the scope of the problem is,” said trustee Ben Greene.
They urge people to contact the township or elected officials for the latest and the most reliable information.
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UAE’s Suqia Board reviews achievements and projects in Q1 of 2017

DUBAI, 21st May, 2017 (WAM) — The Board of Trustees of the UAE Water Aid Foundation, Suqia, has held its 10th meeting, chaired by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The board discussed Suqia’s projects, under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation, during 2016 and Q1 of 2017.
Suqia has implemented projects to provide clean drinking water for over 8 million people in 19 countries until the end of 2016, in cooperation with a number of leading organisations and charities.
Speaking on the occasion, Al Tayer said, "Suqia is doubling its humanitarian efforts this year to support the Year of Giving initiative, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and to carry out the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
"At Suqia, we are committed to achieving one of the key objectives set by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation, which is to combat poverty and disease by contributing to finding permanent and sustainable solutions to water scarcity around the world.
We do this by conducting research and studies to develop innovative and affordable technologies to help millions of people around the world who suffer from shortages, scarcity, or pollution of drinking water.
We are also committed to providing water to millions of needy people around the world," added Al Tayer.
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Lake in the Hills village trustees postpone asking the McHenry County Board to consider consolidating sanitary district

Lake in the Hills village trustees postpone asking the McHenry County Board to consider consolidating sanitary district.
LAKE IN THE HILLS – A vote to pass a resolution encouraging the McHenry County Board to dissolve and consolidate the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District with the village was postponed by Lake in the Hills trustees.
Outgoing Lake in the Hills Village President Paul Mulcahy, who initiated looking into the consolidation, called the Lake in the Hills Village Board’s decision to table the resolution “completely and utterly irresponsible.” “All the questions that I’ve heard from this Board of Trustees cannot get answered until this ordinance is passed by the county,” Mulcahy said at Thursday’s Village Board meeting.
Under the new law, county boards must cite a legitimate reason that concludes that the body proposed for elimination provides either unnecessary or duplicative services.
The law allows the McHenry County Board to eliminate a handful of bodies, such as the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District, the Crystal Lake Rural Fire District and the Greenwood and Hebron drainage districts.
The Lake in the Hills Sanitary District is a separate government than the village of Lake in the Hills and levies a separate property tax.
The district provides wastewater collection and water pollution control for about 11,000 customers in Lake in the Hills, and parts of Crystal Lake and Huntley, according to village documents and sanitary district manager Rick Forner.
Mulcahy has said the consolidation of the sanitary district would be more efficient and reduce expenses, in part by eliminating the district’s property tax levy, which sits at about $600,000, according to a Lake in the Hills staff report presented to the board in February.
Reduced services?
Or reduced upkeep on a $43 million facility?” Trustees Bogdanowski, Harlfinger, Bob Huckins, David McPhee and incoming Village President Russ Ruzanski voted to postpone voting on the resolution.

Village of Roselle Board of Trustees met Jan. 23.

Village of Roselle Board of Trustees met Jan. 23..
Village of Roselle Board of Trustees met Jan. 23.
Village Trustees C. Village Clerk D. Village Administrator E. Village Attorney F. Chamber of Commerce Liaison G. Treasurer’s Report Consent agenda All items listed on the Consent Agenda are considered to be routine, procedural, informational, self-explanatory, or non-controversial in nature and will be enacted in one motion.
Presentation of Village Board Minutes of December 12, 2016.
Presentation of Village Board Minutes of January 9, 2017.
Pass an Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No.
Pass an Ordinance Authorizing the Village of Roselle, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois, to Borrow Funds from the Water Pollution Control Loan Program.
C. Adopt a Resolution Authorizing a Representative to Sign Loan Documents.
D. Pass an Ordinance to Declare Surplus Certain Personal Property of the Village of Roselle, Illinois.
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On second thought: Village of Lewiston doesn’t plan to raise property taxes

However, upon hearing the municipality had a fund balance in the neighborhood of $1.4 million (around 40 percent of the proposed 2017-18 budget), trustees asked Walker on April 3 to prepare a budget with no tax increase.
At $7.46, the extra $14,000 would’ve put the total amount to be raised by tax levy at $1,085,625.
Each year, one of the village’s biggest budget expenses is the Department of Public Works.
"We had forecasted a fairly significant appropriated fund balance last year (more than $165,000), and we ended up on the plus side," Walker said.
Deputy Mayor Bruce Sutherland said, "We’ve had a couple of mild winters, and that’s afforded us the opportunity to increase our fund balance.
… And be able to keep the taxes where they are."
Additionally, the property’s middle building has a sign stating asbestos-containing materials will be removed from April 17 until May 31.
And then there’s a lot of work to do to start grading out the area and removing some of the piles of materials that have been dumped on the site over the years.
"So, we want to get a good, clear look at what does the ground look like, before we start going through and doing sampling in the areas that they’ve already identified as needing to be remediated.
Emergency Management and Response Plan At the Village Board’s April 3 meeting, Sutherland provided an update on the village’s emergency management plan.