Peru will install three wells in its closed landfill to expand monitoring of groundwater now provided by an existing well.
The cost will be $18,000 and was approved Wednesday by the city council. The proposal will be forwarded to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for its review, said Mike Perry of Chamlin & Associates, engineering consultant for the city.
The existing well is routinely monitored quarterly to determine if and how buried waste is affecting groundwater. Recent test results showed a marked drop in values for some components of the water, indicating something wrong with the well or possibly infiltration and dilution by nearby river water, Perry said.
The landfill is between the south shore of the Illinois River and N 2551st Road (Ben Samek Road) just west of Route 251. The landfill was closed in the early 1990s and capped. The city currently uses part of the land to process compost.
Other council business:
* The city’s Emergency Telephone System Board (911 board) authorized purchasing GPS systems for all city emergency vehicles so dispatchers know their locations, police chief Doug Bernabei said. This will integrate with a computer map display for dispatchers so they can see locations of vehicles (police, fire or ambulance) in relation to the call location, he said.
* The council approved awarding a low bid of $394,150 by T&R Electric Supply Co. of Colman, S.D. to supply the city with an electric transformer with a five-year warranty.
* The fire department’s open house, typically held in summer, will be held in fall and a date will be announced later, fire chief Jeff King said.
* The Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, 182nd Airlift Wing,Peoria will perform a free concert 6-8 p.m. July 3 atCentennialPark.
* The Recreation Board approved buying a couple of dog waste stations for the dog walking area at Veterans Memorial Park, Alderman Rodney Perez said. Currently people are placing waste in trash cans, he said.
* An electronic recycling event Saturday had the biggest turnout ever and another will soon be scheduled, City Clerk David Bartley said.