Monday, the city council voted 5-0 to seek bids for the project — provided the city obtains Environmental Protection Agency approval. With the EPA’s OK, the facility will replace its drying bed with a filter press and replace the anaerobic digestion system with an aerobic system.
Separately, commissioner Dom Rivara plans to take a hard look at what the city is spending in heat and electricity and look for places to cut.
Rivara told the council he wants to retain a consultant to look at the city’s utility usage and look for ways to cut its monthly outlay of $1,500. No action was taken, but Rivara said he planned to tab a consultant to assess all electric department buildings and encourage other department heads to consent to a review.
The cash-strapped city is looking for ways to rein in costs — and in talks with unionized city workers about taking pay cuts — and Rivara said the city needs to trim its own bills.
“If everyone’s not going to feel the pain,” he said, “it ain’t going to work.”
Also, commissioner Tom Porter applauded police and other responding agencies for their handling of a delicate “well-being check” in which a 74-year-old Oglesby man was found to have died. The subject had a history of police confrontations and a bomb squad was brought in to ensure Oglesby police could safely enter the premises.
Porter said the operation was “well planned, well executed” and while the subject was found to have died some time ago, the outcome “could have been a lot worse.”
In other matters, the council:
Announced a drop box would be set up for residents to donate used ice skates to needy children
Approved tag days on March 9 and Nov. 2 for the Oglesby Firefighters Association
Announced a boil order is in effect forEast Walnut Streetbetween Dale and Field avenues, expected to be lifted tonight.
Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.