CHANNAHON – Channahon’s wastewater treatment plant will be getting some upgrades over the next few months after the village board approved an $8 million contract with low-bidder Whittaker Construction and Excavating, Inc. for the job.
The expansion will double the capacity of the system, according to Public Works Director Ed Dolezal, from 730,000 to 1.4 million gallons per day. Use of the system has increased due to a population rise in the village, as well as new commercial and industrial connections, since the last plant expansion approximately 15 years ago.
The upgrades will also add sludge handling capabilities to the plant so that the village will no longer have to contract out for the procedure. Currently, according to Dolezal, Channahon pays contractors to remove the sludge four times a year. With the work, the village will also have the capability to dewater the sewage, also currently performed by contractors.
The project also adds a phosphorous-removal system, which Dolezal said is now an Environmental Protection Agency requirement. The village’s wastewater treatment plant expansion is contingent on IEPA approval.
A low-interest IEPA loan will pay for the project.
Channahon trustees this week also approved the village’s new budget, with revenues of $42.045 million and expenditures of $42.981 million.
“We are operating in the black,” Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher said, “which is a good place to be.”
Included in the budget is a general fund reserve of more than $200,000.
According to Finance Director Heather Wagonblott, Channahon’s revenue is growing, and the village has not had to raise property tax rates or institute new taxes on residents.
Included in the budget are funds for the new position of public works foreman and replacements for two police patrolmen, an engineering technician, a laborer and a part-time planner.
The budget also includes the contractual salary increases of 2.75 percent for union and non-union employees.
Capital projects for this year are the wastewater treatment plant expansion project, continuation of the Dove Drive infrastructure project and work on the Bridge Street Multi-Use Path.
The budget also includes provisions for land acquisition for an additional wastewater treatment plant at the western end of town.
The village also budgeted for two police squad cars, a vehicle for the building inspector, a bucket truck and a dump truck equipped for snow removal, as well as squad car cameras, a wood chipper and a riding lawn mower.
The Channahon village board this week also approved the hire of Sarah Miller as a patrol officer. The hire fills one of two vacant spots in the police department. Miller graduated from the University of St. Francis with degrees in social work and criminal justice. She served as a Joliet Police Explorer and as an advisor for the program and interned at the Romeoville Police Department.
Miller will begin training at the Illinois State Police Academy next week.