Rochelle News-Leader | Hillcrest: administrators updated on infrastructure projects
HILLCREST – Hillcrest administrators have received several updates from Baxter & Woodman Engineering regarding the US bailout, a potential grant for infrastructure improvements in the village, and the project design and construction schedule. Directors received the updates at their monthly board meeting at Hillcrest on Wednesday evening.
Carl Fischer, technical director of wastewater, said the village could receive about $ 151,000 in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan, the COVID-19 relief bill passed by the US Congress earlier this year. Fischer said the amount of money could change and the village would likely not receive money from the relief bill until mid-2022.
Fischer said Baxter & Woodman is still looking for an unanswered community grant, as well as additional funding, to improve sewers, water and roads in the village. Hillcrest directors voted to move forward with plans to drill a new shallow well and build a new water tower and water treatment plant last month. The vote also included improvements to the village’s sewer, water and road infrastructure starting at the southern end of the village.
Hillcrest directors will vote next month on whether to start the design process for the project.
“We divided six projects in total into three groups,” said Fischer. “The first group is the Priority 1A mainline and well drilling. The second group includes all the well equipment, the treatment plant and the sanitary service. The third group is the raised tank. Our proposed plan is to spread these six projects over a period of five years, from 2021 to 2025. ”
Fischer said the generator replacement project was also moving forward. Fischer said Baxter & Woodman is awaiting delivery of the new generator, which will power both the village water system and the village hall. The replacement project is expected to be completed in October. Fischer requested a refund of $ 35,602.42 for bidding services and a larger gas meter.
Administrators approved the recovery of the village’s old police car with a 4: 1 vote at Wednesday’s meeting. At the start of the meeting, several directors were sworn in, including Randy Salsbury, who was recently re-elected to a four-year term and is currently interim chairman. Directors Dan Potter, Renee Kerwin and Rick Rhoads, who had been appointed to their posts previously, were also sworn in. Pam Pittman, who was re-elected, was not present.