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Equipment is parked and evidently wind toppled a portable toilet (right) at the site for a new village maintenance building on the east edge of Tonica. The old building is in the background. NewsTribune photo/Craig Sterrett
TONICA — Work began on the new Tonica maintenance building in September, but so far the project consists of “sticks,” superintendent of public works Marc Lemrise told the village board this week.
“Usually those go up really fast,” he said. “I’m surprised there isn’t a roof on it yet.”
The timeline will make it easier to get organized in the new building, though, he said, since the village can take its time moving items and get everything in its place.
“I think we’re going to have dual residence for a while,” he said.
Sewer treatment plant
Engineer Jack Kusek showed the village board blueprints for the proposed sewer treatment plant Monday night. He also brought a piece of good news.
“We don’t need a retention pond,” he said. “That goes away.”
The project, which the village is undertaking to comply with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regulations, still will cost a total of $2.2 million. The village has applied for a grant through North Central Illinois Council of Governments in hopes of receiving state funding from the EPA.
There also is some money in savings for the project, Village President Roger Thompson said, but the village may also have to purchase more bonds to cover the total cost. Thompson said he hopes the village will qualify for a low-interest loan and the board will search for the best deal before making a commitment.
“It’s just like shopping for money for a car — except it’s $2.2 million instead of $20,000,” Thompson said. “You have to go and get the best rate you can find for the people.”
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