Kankakee County Board of Utility met June 15.
Kankakee County Board of Utility met June 15.
Here is the minutes provided by the Board:
Call to Order: The meeting of the Utility Committee was called to order at 4:00 p.m. by Trustee Littrell at the Municipal Center Board Room.
1. Roll Call:
Present for roll call was Mayor Schore, Trustee Fischer, Trustee King, and Trustee Littrell. Also in attendance were Village Administrator Van Mill, Assistant Administrator Wimberly, Treasurer Riebe, Public Works Director Chamness, and Finance Director Wolf. Absent were Trustees Greenlee, Keast, and Serafini.
2. Approval of Minutes:
A motion was made by Trustee Fischer and seconded by Trustee King to approve the Committee meeting minutes from May 31, 2017 as presented. Motion passed on a Voice vote of 3-0.
3. Burch's Pump Station:
Public Works Director Chamness stated that he had spoken to Village Engineer Dave Tyson and that the EPA had the Village's application for Burch's Pump Station. Director Chamness also noted that Village Attorney Pat Dunn had information regarding the appropriate decibel level of the station. Director Chamness stated that getting this information together is the only thing holding the project back, as he is sure the EPA will give the Village their blessing to proceed with the repair.
Director Chamness added that the station is in very bad condition, and that the Sooner the project proceeds, the better, preferably by late fall. Assistant Administrator Wimberly added that the Village still needs to accept bids for the job, and that the bids should not be accepted until the EPA approves the plans. However, Assistant Administrator Wimberly noted that the IEPA had no comments or alterations to the Village's Interceptor Sewer plan.
Mayor Schore also added that he believed it would be best to wait for the EPA to approve the Village's plans to move forward with the bidding process, citing the costs associated with the process. He added that getting the necessary noise level documents from Attorney Dunn could be completed in the meantime, to speed up the process.
4. Other: None
5. New Business:
a. Sewer Easement Proposal
Mayor Schore explained that there had been meetings with property owners to allow for a gravity sewer to be connected to the Davis Creek Interceptor ending
at Route 102 on the reasoning the Village needs to eliminate some of its lift stations. This would also open up possible development in the area in the future.
The mayor elaborated that this would be a substantial expense, and would not be a project the Village would look to implement any time soon, and would be done a little at a time.
The Mayor anticipated that it would be 4-5 years before the Village would spend a Substantial amount of money on an addition to the sewer system after the recent interceptor Sewer project.
Finance Director Wolf agreed that it would be best to wait at least two years to start the project.
Mayor Schore added that this was not an urgent need as of now, and that the Village more than enough capacity to handle its current demands. The only urgent need is to have the easements in place so that the project can be implemented as needed.
6. Old Business:
a. Sewer Backup Policy Update
Trustee Littrell noted that Attorney Dunn was on vacation, and would get this item taken care of when he had the chance.
b. Sidewalk Program
Administrator VanMill noted that the Village had been promoting the Sidewalk Program on Social Media, the Village Website and in the newspaper. Director
Chamness stated that 11 people had signed up so far.
c. NIMEC Program
Administrator VanMill noted that Mayor Schore, Assistant Administrator Wimberty, and he had met with David Hoover, who runs the NIMEC Electrical Aggregation for the Village.
Mayor Schore explained that the board would have to decide whether to aggregate to save money, or to use ComEd. He also noted that the savings are not as Substantial as they once were, and that the aggregation process is multifaceted and complicated. Residents will have the choice of opting in to the new possible Supplier at a reduced cost, or to stay with ComEd.
Administrator VanMill pointed out the average savings for customers in the past has been around S250 over 5 years.
The Mayor pointed out that the Village's current aggregation expires in October, and that the process would begin in August.
7. Public Comments: None
8. Adjournment and Time:
A motion was made by Trustee Fischer and seconded by Trustee King to adjourn the committee meeting. Motion passed on a voice vote of 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 4:39 p.m.